We are all aware of what the selling point of technocratic, even social democratic, government is. Put all the bright people into government, give them access to our wallets and watch, amazed, as they solve our problems for us. We might even call this The Courageous State or the like.
Then we have the governments we do in fact have. With little evidence that we’ve attracted the very brightest to the calling.
The alleged “systematic” hack of New Zealand’s budget papers turns out to be nothing more sinister than a bit of internet searching.