Responding to Will Straw

Will\’s got a new little book out telling us all how \”smart government\” will save us all.

My response at CiF:

An alternative approach is needed that understands the role of smart government in promoting growth.

Well, yes Will.

The question is, how do we get the smart people to go into government?

Further, how do we get over the impossibility of anyone at the centre ever getting enough information to be able to actually plan the economy.

Finally:

\”Author: Edited by Will Straw
Contributors: Philippe Legrain, Duncan Weldon, Gustav Horn, Richard Seline, Charles Leadbeater, Kitty Ussher, Adam Lent, Gerald Holtham, Andy Westwood, Stian Westlake, Anna Turley, Tony Dolphin \”

You\’re seriously putting these people forward as the \”smart\” people who know how the other 65 million of us should earn our living, run our economy?

*Seriously*?

In turn, you\’ve a eurocrat, Hattie\’s recent economic advisor, another (ex) eurocrat, the \”White House Liaison to the Persian Gulf Task Force at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency\”, the \”devisor\” of Bridget Jones\’ Diary, Virginia Bottomley\’s niece, a TUC apparatchik, a hedge fund guy, an education bureaucrat (GuildHE even!), another quangocrat, another quangocrat, a wonk from the wonkery that published your pamphlet…..and, of course, you, a SpAd.

You are really willing to stand up and insist that these ever so bright, incredibly \”smart\” people know better how to run the fifth largest economy in hte world better than the other 65 million of us do?

It is to laugh.

And if you\’re going to say that no, no, it\’s government that should be smart, not the writers of this book: well, have you actually looked at them? And the alternatives?

Seriously? John Denham\’s the man to run the UK economy? Ed Balls?

2 comments on “Responding to Will Straw

  1. You are really willing to stand up and insist that these ever so bright, incredibly “smart” people know better how to run the fifth largest economy in hte world better than the other 65 million of us do?

    Well, yes – of course they do. The average person is a knuckle-dragging fuckwit who shouldn’t be allowed to *vote*, much less given any say in how to run the economy (in an ideal world, only people with at least *some* training in economics would even be allowed to talk about it. C’mon – this would get rid of Polly forever – what’s not to like?).

    The point is the impossibility of getting enough information for central planning to work, not the suggestion that a specific bunch of very intelligent people are stupid because you disagree with their politics.

  2. A better “qualification” might be that they’d spent a few years doing a “proper” job.

    It’s still a bloody stupid idea though.

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