“This time last year I said the dragon of Welsh Conservatism would roar once more.”
There is little one can add to economist David Blanchflower’s critique of prime minister David Cameron’s speech to the Tory Taffs in Tidytown. Britain’s coalition government may currently be all over the place, what with domestic crises of their own and others’ making on the one hand, and cack-handed escapades on the outskirts of Benghazi on the other, but Cameron’s idiocy really takes the biscuit. The dragon of Welsh Conservatism splutters and belches noxious fumes, courtesy of its English master.
Still, if the Tories wish to alienate the British equivalents of Joe the Plumber, then that’s their business, and who am I to complain? And in any case, while providing sole traders such as me with a level playing field when it comes to bidding for government contracts would be welcome, the state’s service procurement policies are hardly the biggest problem facing the economy, or livelihoods of the UK’s self-employed workers.
As for the public sector, it pains me – a pro-market left-libertarian – to say that, from my own experience, state-employed workers are very often more efficient, creative and cannier than their private sector counterparts. As Blanchflower points out, it was private sector incompetence that led to the current financial turmoil, and the public sector is left to clear up the mess.
If public sector workers were to combine forces and drop a collective spanner in the works of UK plc, David Cameron and his Tory chums would be finished. It would not require (illegal) secondary industrial action for the public sector to wreck the government.
If David Cameron and his government wish to do battle with the “enemies of enterprise”, I suggest that they start with this chap.
See also Chris Dillow, who provides numbers and stuff.