A clever argumentFebruary 16, 2011 Tim WorstallYour Tax Money At Work8 Comments* previousIn which I put forward a truly monstrous ideanextBravo, bravo! 8 thoughts on “A clever argument” Kay Tie February 16, 2011 at 11:34 am I can accept some of that, but the bit about the market for CEOs of councils is highly dubious: I don’t believe there’s an open market at all, looking at the career paths of most of these people. They are the same troop of monkeys no longer being paid peanuts. dearieme February 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm I don’t mind paying them well; my objection is that we fail to hang a few of them from time to time. Gareth February 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm If there is a competitive market shouldn’t prices be coming down? Ordinarily, rising prices indicates increased demand or a short supply. In this instance all it indicates is unaccountable profligacy and something approaching a cartel when it comes to the kinds of people being picked to be town clerks. Serf February 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm …..the subject of right-wing infantilism concerning the provision of public services….. …..Cars have an importance greater than the roads on which they are driven…… …….Vacuum cleaners to ensure clean houses are praiseworthy and essential in our standard of living. Street cleaners to ensure clean streets are an unfortunate expense. ……. Typical worthless argument. I am as red in tooth and claw as any other vicious capitalist, yet I am quite happy to pay for street cleaners and the like. The left always talks about the right hating public services, and then goes on to list things that most Conservative voters would defend to the death. These things make up a minority of government spending. It is only because self serving bastards, who care nothing for the public welfare are in charge, that things like street cleaners ever get cut, when Guardian Reading Clones, working on value destroying projects, are safe despite earning multiples of what good honest street sweepers do. Martin February 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm Tim, Thanks for the link. Best, MK Martin February 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm Serf, “Typical worthless argument” It’s not Martin Kelly you’re dismissing when you say that, it’s the directly quoted John Kenneth Galbraith. Is that really the best argument you can advance? john b February 17, 2011 at 3:54 am when Guardian Reading Clones, working on value destroying projects, are safe despite earning multiples of what good honest street sweepers do.  Martin February 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm Ah, yes, John, that’s a good non sequitur, but not as good as ‘and the nightingale sings in the raspberry bushes’. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.