Saturday

Trust me, I’m a politician (or civil servant)

If you have heard the phrase ‘public choice theory’ and wondered what it means, this video may be helpful. Also, it is a useful antidote to the widespread idea that polticians and bureaucrats are only trying to help. In fact, … Continue reading

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Saturday

Scott Walker – a key battle with public sector unions

Scott Walker in Wisconsin seems like a brave man to have taken on the public sector unions. One interviewee during my visit to the States remarked that if he is thrown out in the ‘recall’ election, non other Governor will … Continue reading

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Friday

The BBC, care homes for the elderly and the problem with governments employing private companies

BBC Radio 5 live is probably the least biased of the BBC channels. The reason, I believe, is that it has so many phone-ins that the presenters are continuously reminded that not everyone shares the BBC view of the world. … Continue reading

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Monday

Example of how the NHS wastes expensive equipment

  This is an instance of the NHS wasting money. No company would buy such expensive machinery and not use it. This sort of thing is only done with taxpayers’ money – other people’s money. The story is in the … Continue reading

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Thursday

Over-training – yes, there surely is such a thing

Governments increasingly legislate for more and more qualifications before people are allowed to do jobs. This is always presented as being something which will increase the quality of the work that these people ultimately do. But if has potential damaging … Continue reading

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Friday

The champion teacher union

Teachers’ unions in Britain, the USA, France and elsewhere have reason to think that they wield considerable power and have been able to improve their conditions of employment considerably. But surely the champion of teacher trade unions is that of … Continue reading

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Friday

Over-training puts up prices -nice for cartels of doctors, pharmacies etc but bad for everybody else

One of the reasons why medical care is so expensive in Britain and America, I suspect, is the number of doctors is limited in various ways and the training is so long. I have yet not accumulated the evidence I … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Healthcare and the NHS, Waste in public services
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Wednesday

The unfamiliar world of Japanese healthcare

Notes on a talk by Professor Kiyoshi Morita Director of Okayama University Hospital Speaking at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation 14/6/11. He said that Japan had an insurance-based healthcare service and everyone was covered. 70% of the provision is private. (It … Continue reading

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Thursday

The public sector union problem now reaches America, too

It is not just in Britain. Public sector unions are spreading around the world. The early history of unions had aspects which would be considered good in the eyes of most people. The mutual support members offered each other in … Continue reading

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Thursday

Most money spent on government schools in America does not go on schooling

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=20654&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Waste in public services
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