During the 1971 debates over the UK’s entry to what was then called the “European Communities”, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin suggested that Britain offer other countries a “rent-a-government” service, so great were the UK’s politics and civil service.
Actually I would have probably – just about – agreed at the time – but how are the mighty fallen…
Nonetheless, ‘Rent-a-government’ is really a God given (neoliberal) opportunity!
But what I’m sure he did not wish to, is suggest the resulting economic system.
Yet could we at least use it to suggest now that our government is less than optimal (or even perhaps, entirely useless?)
Could we in fact use the neoliberal idea of contracting out government to actually suggest that the current government incumbents were not worth contracting out to?
Should we rather contract out to another government entirely?
MP’s and ministers who needs them?
Is this the ultimate privatisation?
Until we call an election could this ever be democracy?
Rent-a-government service, is an extraordinary idea to conjure with…