Neal Lawson And Your Money

Startling:

First, Labour must start to make the case that you can\’t have public services on the cheap. You can\’t outsource core function, your can\’t fragment through commercialisation and you can\’t do everything with light-touch regulation. Instead, the government must invest over the long term with well-paid and well-motivated civil servants and public service workers who are sufficient in numbers, motivated, properly managed and held to account. In part, that is the government\’s fault for not making the case for public spending, but it\’s also our fault for thinking we can pay less tax and get better services.

Getting on for £600 billion (Ta DK) isn\’t enough? Nearly 45% of everything produced in the country isn\’t enough?

Get a grip man!

3 comments on “Neal Lawson And Your Money

  1. Everything that happens can be turned into an argument for more government. They are now saying that the loss of the CDs shows that it is MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER to bring in ID cards.

  2. I have a much better idea – let’s do it, if we must do it, on the cheap. Precisely as Mr Lawson says we cannot. Why not simply send everyone a cheque for 10,000 pounds every year? Better yet send them one for 5,000 pounds and cut income tax by half (I accept that there are a few things the government has to do so instead of getting rid of income tax altogether, we keep it and buy six air craft carriers, their battle groups, and resurrect all the historic regiments. I’d pay for it). Perhaps, as suggested by Milton Friedman and Charles Murray, from whom I am shamelessly plagiarising this concept, we could link it with a flat 20 percent income tax on the first dollar earnt.

    Note Mr Lawson, such a scheme would be cheap to implement, it would be easy to do and it would not require the govenrment to “invest” over the long term with well-paid and well-motivated civil servants and public service workers who are sufficient in numbers, motivated, properly managed and held to account. Not that we shouldn’t have such people in the Civil Service. We should. It is just that the Civil Service is so bloated that it is forced to hire everyone and anyone to work as badly as it does now. Gone are the days when people with Seconds from Oxford were sent out to govern Sudan. We’re down to people with Thirds from the University of Essex running the Treasury. Anyone with any brains goes to the City. We need a smaller, better quality civil service. Which means doing less but better. Core business, Mr Lawson, core business.

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