Ritchie has decided that only companies that meet real needs, not wants, should be allowed to bid for government contracts.
‘So what?’ might then be the question. What would be the point of all this? Well when things are measured behaviour changes, we know that. But more significantly the government is a major purchaser from many companies. If its procurement policy was based on the requirement that a company meet a minimum standard or no contract could be issued then this becomes a very powerful tool indeed, and those criteria need not be consistent. So, for example, in the case of PFI offshore might simply be a non-starter.
Hmm, so what\’s on this list of things that only good companies do?
20) Creates and supplies products meeting real human need
Right, so what\’s that?
I am quite sure that there are grey areas between needs and wants
But no one needs SUVs, cars costing more than £20,000, designer handbags, most expensive clothes, many electronic goods (especially when churned as often as they are), drinking to excess, a great dedal of the foods on offer in many stores that are positively harmful to health and much more.
So, people who make SUVs or cars costing more than £20,000 are to be barred from government procurement contracts.
Gonna piss of Ministers looking forward to their Ministerial Jag.
Hmm, Toyota makes cars that cost more than £20 k don\’t they? Like the Prius?
And, umm, what are the Armed Forces going to do without Land Rovers (both over £20k and SUVs…..)?
In fact, I\’m not entirely convinced that there\’s a single car company in the world that doesn\’t breach one or other of those strictures. So, Ritchie\’s just banned the government from ever buying a car again.
And I think that the NAAFI (NAFFI?) might have something to say about not being allowed to buy from those evil booze companies, eh?
And I guess that ban on those who promote \”unnecessary\” electronic gadgets pretty much screws Apple.
Sigh, once again, as we see, he just doesn\’t think things through, does he? Plus, joyously, the world must be changed to conform to his prejudices: rather than what would happen in a free society, which is that everyone else gets to express their prejudices instead.