Nadine Dorries on expenses

Umm, just a thought:

Is there not something slightly hypocritical about the DT increasing its revenue by an estimated £1 million per day in the name of public good?

Err, no dear, there ain\’t. We want people to have incentives to increase the public good, to act in it.

That\’s actually what we spend rather a lot of time doing: or rather you MPs are supposed to be doing. Manipulating the incentives that economic actors face so that when they are not aligned with the public good then the law changes them so that they are.

OK, altogether now my fellow good little classical liberals:

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

8 thoughts on “Nadine Dorries on expenses”

  1. Earning money in the name of public good?

    Isn’t that what every honest employed person is doing?

  2. The Telegraph is doing it for the £1 million extra sales per day. The public good is just a pleasant by product.

    Ohhh, I have just described the free market.

  3. A thought, Nads – if you wanted it all out in a one-er, then could you (collectively) not have responded to the litany of FoI requests for it over the years?

  4. Err, no dear, there ain’t. We want people to have incentives to increase the public good, to act in it.

    That’s actually what we spend rather a lot of time doing: or rather you MPs are supposed to be doing. Manipulating the incentives that economic actors face so that when they are not aligned with the public good then the law changes them so that they are.

    Oh lordy Mr Worstall, have you fallen for the “nudge”/”libertarian paternalism” nonsense as well?

    There isn’t a “public good”. It’s made up. There is no such thing. For heaven’s sake Thatcher said it thirty years ago- there is no such thing as society, there are just individuals. There is the private good, which each individual decides for themself, at that is it. There ain’t no other such thing as a “public good”.

    Please don’t encourage these bastards. They define their own private goods as public goods, and impose them on the rest of us via their noxious nudging and infernal incentives. The job of MPs is to get the feck out of the way and leave us alone. That’s classical liberalism.

  5. “Thatcher said it thirty years ago- there is no such thing as society, there are just individuals.” She said no such thing.

  6. “Is there not something slightly hypocritical about the DT increasing its revenue by an estimated £1 million per day in the name of public good?”

    Nope.

    I paid for some of that, and I enjoyed every penny. It done me a power of good. It was the best investment most of us have made for a long time. For a very modest outlay, I was able to identify a bunch of chiselling scoundrels who have been helping themselves to my money, and trying to make sure I didn’t ever find out.

    Nadine Dorries is like a burglar, bleating about the financial burden of the police and prison service.

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