Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI.

An example of why we don\’t want government actually doing things.

6 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. Did you read the Bloomberg article? It seems the food is going missing at the point the private sector distributors get their hands on it. The obvious conclusion would be that the private sector should not be involved in government services.

    However, I would not choose to argue that there is any useful analogy between this misconceived food distribution scheme in India and healthcare provision in the UK. I recommend such restraint to all.

  2. PaulB:

    Seriously, we have loads of examples of fully private food systems without any of these problems and loads of examples with (more or less) publicly run systems that continously mess up (Soviet, various african countries, north korea, cuba and India just to name a few). I think the case for blaiming public involvement is pretty closed

  3. Paul. Isn’t this rather the subject of the article? The mechanics of the pillaging will, by definition, always be private sector since that’s the process where state controlled wealth moves to private pockets. What Bloomberg’s identified is the point, in this case, at which this happens.
    An analogy with UK healthcare? PFI would certainly be a candidate.
    The argument is that the private sector & markets do tend to protect the wealth flowing through their hands with a great deal of vigour, since they have a direct interest in doing so.

  4. There’s a story a couple of old aircraft engineers used to tell, no idea how true it was.
    The harrier aircraft was proposed and the ministry of defence was weighing in with what they wanted the aircraft to be able to do. Ministers and senior civil servants gave their ideas until one of the engineers pointed out they could have a lovely tank but that this was an aircraft and as such needed to be able to do things like fly.

    I’ve noticed over the years that some people seem to have a blind spot regarding government. They don’t trust government to negotiate fairly, behave themselves with regard to budgets, or oversee departments properly. Yet when it comes to such things as NHS, those same people are fanatical that only government workers can do the required job.
    Is there any particular reason why a GP working for a private company is any different from a doctor working for the NHS in terms of treatment, civility, diagnosis etc?

  5. And the reason why it gets pilfered at the point the private sector gets their hands on it? Because the public side doesn’t give much care about security and making sure that it goes to the right place, unlike a fully private sector operation where they will care otherwise they don’t get their money. The public sector side in India just care about their bribe.

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