I more or less heartily agree, though I believe that our present system is
sufficiently elastic to allow much of the change which you suggest, without
substantive alteration. Certainly LGAOs and EH inspectors should be better
funded and that would ease some of the burden.
I do not believe that quality is neccesarily driven out by cost cutting. My
costs are very low and, apart from the inevitable cock-ups pertaining to
the human condition, I believe the quality of my product to be high
(although I have to accept that this may be due to the economy of scale
resultant of being a one-horse outfit, and no fault of mine).
I also do not believe that anyone should be seeking tenders for
archaeological work apart from developers - of whatever size or stamp - or
their consultants. Similarly, I believe that a development tax would be an
unwarranted intrusion into the legitimate rights of any developer, of
whatever size or stamp.
What I do believe is that the system and laws which we have are sufficient
to the needs which we express, but we must have the moral courage to use
them, and to accept legitimate defeat when we do.