Good luck with that, Tim, good luck with that

Tim Worstall over at the Adam Smith Institute blog, Good luck with that Jeremy, good luck with that:

“At which point we have this rather plaintive cry from Jeremy Warner (or perhaps the subeditor who wrote his headline), someone we usually rather agree with:

If the state must meddle, it should do it better

Given the pedigree of those who do go into politics and other forms of “public service” that meddling never will get better. The answer is therefore as we have long suggested. Yes, there really are things which need to be done and which only the State can do. Said State should limit itself to only those things covered by that intersection and refrain from doing things which can be done by the State but do not have to be done, and also avoiding those things which do need to be done but which will not be well done by the State.

Limiting government to what it must do seems suitable given the limited skills and talents of those who govern us.”

Given the limited skills and talents of those who govern us, and given the pedigree of those who do go into politics and other forms of “public service”, a government that limits itself to doing only those things that must be done and that only it can do, and which refrains from doing things which can be done by government but do not have to be done, and also avoids doing those things which do need to be done but which will not be well done by government, seems… like wishful thinking.

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