A recipe for a poor nation
Monday, February 10, 2014
BBC News - Lord Smith: Environment Agency 'bound by Treasury rules'.
- One rich free-range nation, reared on fertile terrain
- Millions of productive citizens
- Thousands of intellectuals, incubated in ivory towers well away from reality
- Belief in the virtue of the state apparatus (common name: credulity)
- Problems (foraged ingredients, to be found anywhere)
- Demands for government to solve all problems
- Left or right-wing political pretexts (according to taste)
A big stick
- Add complacency and credulity to your rich nation
- Mix your intellectuals with your demands that government solves all problems
- Beat your productive citizens with big stick to extract juices
- Use juices to coat the problems, observing (but ignoring) the increase in risky behaviours
- Wait for problems to re-occur
- Heat on a high flame of opposition criticism of inadequate government action
- Turn up heat as politicians in power blame their officials
- Bring to the boil as officials blame the government for not employing enough officials
- Marinade the situation in productive citizen-juice and coat with a thick crusting of more officials
- Season with political pretext of choice
Tom, that tastes awful, it's missing something vital. Might I suggest.
Sprinkle with politicians and princes in welly boots. Don't worry about cleaning their hands first, there is no chance they would have handled a sandbag.
Force feed it to the populace every six hours with a tablespoon of castor oil.
Announce-nothing can be done to improve the recipe without more taxes.
Posted by: Cascadian | Monday, February 10, 2014 at 08:41 PM
No, I didn't. I was on an excellent cookery course at the weekend - http://goo.gl/pVf2y8 - and that stimulated the idea. I highly recommend the school but hasten to add that this particular recipe is of the social democrat world's devising, not the chefs there.
Posted by: Tom | Monday, February 10, 2014 at 02:51 PM
I guess you didn't get this from one of the endless BBC cooking shows?
Posted by: Cuffleyburgers | Monday, February 10, 2014 at 01:34 PM