Chris Dillow, author of New Labour and the Folly of Managerialism, describes Brown\’s Mullettry as a marriage between Old Labour\’s Fabian belief in the centralised state and Thatcherites\’ worship of management consultants. Between them, they have spawned a bureaucracy which despises democratic accountability and, worse, does not and cannot work.

Fabianism, with its loathing for the masses – \’We must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit in,\’ declared George Bernard Shaw at the turn of the 20th century – is not the only Labour tradition. The Co-op and guild socialist movements were at ease with democracy as was radical liberalism. Last week, Phil Collins, an occasional speechwriter for James Purnell, suggested to the Brownites that Labour could find a way out of its crisis by listening to the Fabians\’ liberal opponents. He cited a warning of Leonard Hobhouse, the early 20th-century liberal intellectual, that the \’mechanical socialism\’ of the Fabians \’applauded the running of the machine merely because it is a machine and is being run\’. Hobhouse might have delivered it yesterday.

I\’ve been saying for some time now that we\’ll convert that Cohen lad into a classical liberal, by and by.

The point that leaps out:

We now spend proportionately more than any other developed country on policing, she pointed out.

We spend more than others and yet have crap: it\’s the way you spend it, not how much, that is important.

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  1. Between them, they have spawned a bureaucracy which despises democratic accountability and, worse, does not and cannot work.

    Rubbish. They have simply enhanced what was already there: the British civil service (prop: Sir Humphrey Appleby KCMG CMG)

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