An interesting little concern here from Mariana Mazzucato. That government shouldn’t outsource things because government needs to be able to do these things itself. Or, as we might describe this, there should be lots of jobs in government for friends of Mariana Mazzucato:
But, regardless of who wins the election, there is an urgent need to enhance capabilities within the public sector. In recent decades the state’s capacity has been drastically hollowed out, and key public functions have been outsourced to management consultants and parasitic companies. This has become all too clear with Brexit: without sufficient in-house expertise, the Department for Exiting the EU is now spending millions on private lawyers and consultants.
So, Brexit is a once in a lifetime event – if it ever happens at least. But government needs to have, inhouse, the capacity to deal with a once in a lifetime event? That’s going to produce a remarkable level of featherbedding for those who are on call, isn’t it?
But then that’s the point, isn’t it. Jobs for the boys.
Oh, sorry, jobs for the boys’n’gals and you’re paying for it.