All hail the State!

And just think what said state does to innovation with such efficiency!

36 comments on “All hail the State!

  1. After 19 years, what could have possibly triggered her to want PR? Aren’t all the foreigners leaving due to the horrible place the UK since 24 June 2016.

  2. All the female economists I know by sight are proper munters – is there some genetic reason?

  3. To give an example of the genre one american, male, economist of my acquaintance calls her a strikingly good looking woman.

  4. I have some sympathy.
    I renewed my passport 2 months ago, got the new one back within a week. Impressive, compared to how you used to have to go personally to Petit France and be interviewed by someone who didn’t speak English very well.

    Next up, renew son’s passport. Automatic reader gets the date of birth wrong, show as original issue date not birth date, stupid jobsworths in Durham can’t just correct the computer error. Still faffing about.

  5. She should have said she was a radical cleric being persecuted in her native Jordan, and she’d unfortunately lost her passport on the way here.

  6. From La Mazzucato’s drivel output on Twatter:

    “Yesterday spoke to 4 EU academics. All thinking of leaving UK. Downward slippery slope.”

    Can it be slippery enough. Maybe silicone lube needs liberally applying.
    But anyway. Rejoice! Rejoice!

  7. I had to renew my daughter’s child passport last year. First time I’d done it, had nooooooo idea how difficult it was. The criteria for suitable referees, for instance, were unbelievable. Might as well have specified nonagenarian albino scholars of Cathar folklore for all the relevance those criteria had for mine, and my daughter’s, actual life. Then there was the remarkably cumbersome so-called fast-track interview process: bookings made by a website linking you to appointments at regional centres a hundred miles away and – AND – the website did not update more than once every 48 hours or so, so cancelled appointments do not advantage anyone else who might be in a position to fill them, and the bureaucrats just sit there idle when no one turns up.

    I concluded that the difficulties are such that there must be a significant amount of fraud, especially in terms of parents finding suitable referees – people swearing blind they’ve known the child for six years when in fact 18 months is closer to the mark.

  8. I had to revive my New Zealand passport recently. It was a breeze, even though I had to go through the full process because the old one was too long expired. An incredibly simple process. I was going do my British one too but if it’s that much of a hassle I’ll leave it for now.

  9. “Yesterday spoke to 4 EU academics. All thinking of leaving UK. Downward slippery slope.

    I bet they were all useless twats like sociologists or similar. Off you go.

    We’re going to need a bigger (‘B’) Ark.

  10. UK passport administrators are simply not fit for purpose. In no particular order:

    The passport loss hotline refuses to log lost passports

    Photos are routinely randomly rejected (tested by one of my clients resubmitting multiple rejected photos)

    The passport loss website is risibly insecure

    The clowns caused me a wasted day + 120 mile drive and two Severn crossing fees because they required a covering letter to be *faxed* from a caller ID associated to me. I had old passports + requisite ID with me (and had paid the fast track fees and verbally agreed the transaction).

    Just a bunch of useless and perversely obstructive twats who jerk people around simply because they can…..

  11. @Rob, BiS

    Also: “Irony: just gave keynote in Home Office bldg. Should have negotiated talk for residency. Then again, should be them begging us not us them!”

    Ummm… no. I’m sure we’ll manage just fine.

  12. So 18 years up to May 2016, the UK is a pretty groovy place to live and work – not interested in becoming one of us.
    Come 24th Jun 2016, the UK is full of hate crime, inequality and other ghastlies like an electorate that voted the wrong way and governed by idiots on a ruinous path – I’ll apply for PR.

  13. The reason is clearly because Mariana is gagging for more filming sessions with Richard and Polly… Watch out for “Spud in your bum volume 2”

  14. Why would we want to take her ? Send her back to Italy.

    Where she is probably unemployable. Italian universities are controlled by tight cliques of important teachers surrounded by their acolytes who are invariably their former students. She has been out of that system for too long, I would guess.

  15. ” my ‘big’ error was making 4 look like 9 in my credit card number”

    Let’s hope she isn’t in a job that involves numbers, eh?

  16. Edward Lud: albino scholars of Cathar folklore

    At the risk of teetering on the edge of the tort of pendantry, is there a subliminal reference to the Albigensian Crusade there?

    BiW: Not even Stephanie Flanders?

    To slip for a moment into the argot of a younger demographic: “purleeease!”

    Would you drink from the same glass as Ed Miliband and Ed Balls?
    (I might have them in the wrong order).

  17. Tim, you give them too much credit to imagine that they understand anything at all about markets, or that they would care. They simply want to be in charge and they don’t give one seconds thought to what it is they are in charge of, so long as they are in charge.

  18. ” my ‘big’ error was making 4 look like 9 in my credit card number”

    So the “small” error was not writing the credit card number sufficiently clearly for payment to be effected?

    So thereby not paying for the service?

    That’s indeed an error requiring correction and refiling if the system isn’t sufficiently flexible to correct *just* that.

  19. Trying to get my daughter a UK passport. Apparently I have to email the consulate in Guangzhou with three dates and times and they’ll let me know if one is available and book me in to that. Asked if they could just tell me when a slot is free and I’ll take it but apparently they can’t do that. Absolutely useless.

  20. A Home Office friend of mine offeres to get her deported for a small fee; The Entrepreneurial State!

  21. “They simply want to be in charge and they don’t give one seconds thought to what it is they are in charge of, so long as they are in charge.”

    The Left in a nutshell.

  22. My children have Swiss passports… Online booking of appointments at the Swiss embassy, and they take the photograph, fill in the forms etc. all you need is to sign your name and pay the fee.

    Oh and being Swiss you always get seen on time.

    I have yet to find a reason to apply for British passports for them!

  23. If you can’t fill in your credit card details clearly I think it’s only fair that the passport office guess. The alternative – that the precious time of an academic be wasted – is too awful to contemplate.

  24. I happemed to have a scheduled trip about 2 weeks after my Canadian citizenship ceremony and as you have to hand over your PR card had sort out a passport straight away. You have to wait for 48 hours after citizenship so they can update the system and all the information on passport form is on citizenship application.
    I mentioned to the passport guy that having a box to tick so you had a passport as part of citizenship would be much easier at which point he said yes especially as it was the same department responsible for both and the staff had been saying this for years.
    Regarding her complaint though she was treated the same as everyone else it’s not like she was singled out so why she has to publicly whine is beyond me.

  25. “And just think what said state does to innovation with such efficiency!”

    Well, quite so! Such people rarely make the connection between their (leftist) theories and their everyday life. I once had a left-wing head teacher for a neighbour who ranted endlessly about the refuse collection service. When I gently pointed out that the state was generally not that good at doing things, he said state education was excellent – even though his school had recently received a poor inspection report.

    Meanwhile, Mazzucato should be deported. A dangerous woman and a waste of space.

  26. If you can’t fill in your credit card details clearly I think it’s only fair that the passport office guess. The alternative – that the precious time of an academic be wasted – is too awful to contemplate.

    Numbers and detail and stuff is for the plebs and engineers. Marianna has her eyes on loftier vistas than mere credit card numbers.

    So long, Marian(na)’
    It’s time that we began,
    To laugh

  27. ” my ‘big’ error was making 4 look like 9 in my credit card number”

    Tell you what then, love, you give me £900 every Friday and I’ll give you back that £400 every Saturday.

    Can’t see a problem.

  28. I’m going to see some foreigner on Tuesday to give him some tax advice.

    Swedish passport. But it says he was born in Baghdad.

    “That’s in Iran isn’t it?” A colleague asked.

    “No”, I said, “Iraq. They’re sworn enemies”

    And we laughed. Because foreigners are funny.

  29. From her website: “My book, The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths,

    Apparently her challenge of “the lethargic, regulating state” was a bit of a cock-up.

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