Apparently I\’m an internet wallah

The Internet wallah Tim Worstall thought that Miss Williams had sort of missed her own point with that bit about politics, media, and the third sector: \”When the desirable jobs are spending other people\’s money, reporting on spending other people\’s money and lobbying to spend other people\’s money then you know that the society is f***ed.\”

Mark Steyn.

7 thoughts on “Apparently I\’m an internet wallah”

  1. I hardly think you’re in charge of or responsible for the internet.

    But then expecting even an educated Canadian to be aware of the nuances of Raj loan words would be presumptuous in the middling.

  2. A favourite joke: ” they call him a guru because it’s easier to spell than charlatan”.

  3. You’re right about the “spending other peoples’ money bit”.

    The bit you missed is that these days, the most valued skill is knowing how to access other peoples’ money.

    I kid you not: in any village or voluntary organisation, the most welcome person is the one who is an acknowledged expert in “getting hold of grants”. “Doers” aren’t welcome at all; “doing” is mostly illegal now unless you’re a credentialled professional.

    When all money belongs to the state, society is f***ed, as you said.

    Over-regulation makes it even more f***ed.

  4. >I kid you not: in any village or voluntary organisation, the most welcome person is the one who is an acknowledged expert in “getting hold of grants”. “Doers” aren’t welcome at all; “doing” is mostly illegal now unless you’re a credentialled professional.

    This is becoming the norm in Universities too. The best track record to have these days is a track record in getting grants. I know people who have been promoted to Professor with very few publications, and no-one thinks they’re any great shakes intellectually, but they know how to get grants (which basically amounts to knowing how to write the proposals, and schmoozing with the right people).

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