Six Speeches on Financial Reform

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byWilliam Trant

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874. Excerpt: ... V. The National Expenditure. In approaching the question of National Expenditure, a strong objection is met with at the very outset. It is said that it is impossible justly to criticise proposed reductions without a departmental knowledge of the offices to which those reductions refer; that no man is competent to speak of a less expenditure on our defensive forces without an intimate acquaintance with the innermost workings of the Admiralty, the Horse Guards, and the War Office; that we ought not to advocate the reduction of Ambassadors' salaries without having held the post of Foreign Secretary; nor object to the sinecural office of the Lord Privy Seal, unless we have been fortunate enough to have had a seat in the Cabinet. There is considerable force in this objection. No man can fathom the workings of all the departments of the State, and no man is therefore competent to point out the exact places where reductions may be made. But, on the other band, certain things come to light which make men stare with astonishment. If the various blunders, corrupt practices, and the expensive whims and oddities which are continually brought to the surface be an outward and visible sign of the hidden depths of incompetency, extravagance, and a reckless disregard for what is right and proper, which lie buried beneath the delicate politeness of officialism, then no one can be at a loss as to how and where great reductions in the national expenditure should be made. It must be remembered, too, that those most likely to know the truth are day by day calling aloud for a reduced expenditure. Mr. Gladstone has called the expenditure "immoral," Mr. Bright has asked for an earnest public opinion to check that extravagance which every Ministry in turn condemns, and which none ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874. Excerpt: ... V. The National Expenditure. In approaching the question of National Expenditure, a strong objection is met with at the very o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217051553

ISBN - 13:9780217051552

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