A tragic lack of ambition

Up to £60 billion could be saved from Government spending by persuading civil servants to work harder and making Whitehall more efficient, the Conservatives will claim today.

We don\’t in fact want more efficiency nor do we want civil servants working harder. Given that what they do is largely to our disbenefit we\’d prefer there to be fewer of them doing fewer things.

Really: who wants a more efficient clipboard wielder trying to enforce ever more legal stupidities?

4 comments on “A tragic lack of ambition

  1. “Given that what they do is largely to our disbenefit ”

    You know when you say things like that you are running up against a correlation that works in exactly the opposite direction to how you suggest, don’t you.

    If you can open this paper there is a chart the correlates the share of income taxes in GDP (a proxy for state capacity) the proportion of private credit in GDP (a proxy for size of market economy) and income – all the above median income countries have higher taxes and larger market economies.

    From elsewhere: “international data suggests that the ability to raise revenue from advanced tax systems is strongly positively related to the ability to support markets as well as to the level of economic development”

  2. Surely the correlation just suggests that large government encourages a large market economy or that a large market economy encourages a large government.

    Is that really the opposite of Tim’s view?

  3. Mr Potarto

    if what civil servants do is mostly harmful, what correlation would you expect between the size of the civil service, and indicators like income and strength of market economy?

  4. “Really: who wants a more efficient clipboard wielder trying to enforce ever more legal stupidities?”

    People who’ve lived under 30 years of Tahtcherism and its variants.

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