Monstrous Strawman Argument Against Outsourcing In The NHS

One way to win an argument is to misstate your opponent’s logic, show that your misstatement is silly to ludicrous, then dance in victory at the lamentations of their women. This is also known as strawmanning. A useful example of which we get from the Alma Mater concerning outsourcing in the National Health Service:

The logic of outsourcing is that market-based production is better than public production because the governance of private organisations is more transparent, flexible, efficiency focused and disciplined by owners.

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Gross Ignorance About Interserve’s Failure And Outsourcing Of Public Service Provision

It’s entirely true that Interserve has gone under – ‘K, perhaps is slipping below the waves – as a result of that mountain of debt. However, from that to conclude that the outsourcing of pubic services provision should stop is to be grossly ignorant of the matter at hand. For what we’re saying here is that the capitalists who funded those public services have just lost their capital. Meaning, equally, that taxpayers have had the use of that capital in the provision of public services without having had to pay for it.…

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Interserve’s Bankruptcy Would Be A Delicious Gift To Taxpayers

Interserve is the latest of the outsourcing companies – like Carillion – to face financial difficulties. Quite why it’s so difficult to take guaranteed payments from Government and to make a profit therefrom is unknown but there it is – bad management would be the likely cause. Interserve isn’t as badly off as some of the others, this is true, it’s facing difficulties, not already bust. However, let’s just follow the story where it might lead – imagine, and this is imagine of course, that it does go bust.…

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Despite The LSE Stalinist Central Planning Is Not More Efficient Than Markets

That the LSE is the school of economics does not mean the economics offered by all who teach at the LSE is correct. So it is with this interesting little claim here, that Stalinist central planning is in fact more efficient than market based processes. The big error here being that the comparison itself isn’t in fact made. Merely the assumption that as market provision of certain goods and services is neither perfect nor efficient, that the alternative must be more so.…

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