There is a very interesting idea from someone who blogs as the Naked Mole Rat entitled Brexit cannot break the Iron Triangle.
I confess I’d never heard of the Iron Triangle (although it has a Wikipedia entry) but it seems I’m not alone. I confused it for the old sales concept that a company’s offer should rest on the fingers of three requirements: Price, Quality and Service. Fail in any one of these, then you are left simply with a two fingered proposition – which is not generally good for business.
Whereas Price, Quality and service are mostly about ends, The Iron Triangle focuses as much on means and concerns the remit of the project you are undertaking.
Unlike the three fingered selling proposition, where all are required, this is a three sided proposal of which only two prioirities are possible. One will always have to be sacrificed. Clearly they are generally in conflict with each other.
Any project Mole Rat was contracted to set up he would always ask the customer which corner of the triangle they wanted to sacrifice.
The author continues (did you see this coming?):
Theresa May’s deal attempts to resolve [Brexit] by sacrificing quality. She offered Brexit cheap and fast, but only by slashing away at the things the project was intended to deliver.
What he doesn’t mention is that the UK was time constrained from the beginning – at least from the moment they triggered Article 50 – as a result of the incompetence of having no plan at all before triggering it. So they were, from day one, already sacrificing schedule – or as Michel Barnier used to tell us ‘the clock is ticking’….
Perhaps his benign confidence was really the result of having an iron triangle in his inside pocket.
If, on the other hand, the UK were to revoke Article 50, then it would have all the time in the world to sort out Brexit’s eventual Price and Quality.