Drowning in bureaucracy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems to me that Britain is drowning in bureaucracy. Maybe it is happening in other parts of the world too.

We have people called civil servants who often understand neither of these two words – they aren’t civil, and they don’t act as if they are servants of the people. Far too often they behave as if we are here to serve them. There are of course honourable exceptions.

We have planning processes which are designed to impede progress. Whilst local and national government construct or fail to construct monstrosities the general public are required to run round in ever decreasing circles building nothing. There is little understanding of ‘progress’, ‘environmental and social benefit’ in the ways the system operates and no accommodation of criticism or enlightened views of how it might work better.

The tax system is designed to disempower entrepreneurialism.

What we actually need is a public sector which liberates creativity and profit creation. Not just monetary profit (which is what, after all fuels taxation and all the public benefits it should produce) but the profits of social welfare, happiness, environmental improvement and a generally positive attitude.

Do I sound cynical? I am.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. You see it all around you. Incompetent administrators get higher earning positions. Those who genuinely work for the good of deserving people get swept aside. If you agree or don’t or have any answers I’d love to hear from you.

Graham@grahambell.org

 

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