Opting out of what you regulate and run…

A brief and probably, random thought – shouldn’t an incoming progressive government make it illegal for MP’s themselves to use either private healthcare or private education?

Initially at least, I cannot see much wrong with that – provided that we get such a government…

That would have the effect of encouraging those who wanted to run down state provision to have to use it in its ‘running down’ state – and so perhaps desist with the idea – or even just get out of politics altogether.

After all politics is how we run stuff.

If politicians choose to opt out of the stuff they themselves run, shouldn’t they (as Princess Anne, I think, once put it) just naff off.

It is actually quite remarkable that we permit politicians to run things that they themselves seem to have no respect for.


  1. Graham -

    I have thought that for a long time. In fact I would go a lot further and ban private schools, which were originally founded as charities for the poor, until the rich found out they gave a good eduction.

    Similarly with private healthcare, at least as far as it uses any NHS personnel or facilities. And I would tax it until the whatsits squeak.

    The corollary would be massive investment in both education and health.

    1. Peter May -

      The private schools still are charities of course – though for what charitable purpose I cannot imagine…

      I think that a ban would be seen as too high handed, so just preventing MPs from using them might persuade them to invest in state schooling – though goodness knows why they need that persuasion!

  2. Schofield -

    Taking a wider perspective the Controllers of The Universe are as I comment in heated discussion whether to pull the plug on Planet Earth they created so many billions of years ago. On one side of the argument is “Look what’s happening the human beings are burning the planet to a crisp because of their stupidity. We should have realised this when one them nearly 250 years ago claimed a sort of monopoly on commonsense by stating the following:-

    “The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself with freedom and security is so powerful a principle that it is alone, and without any assistance, not only capable of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often incumbers its operations; though the effect of these obstructions is always more or less either to encroach upon its freedom, or to diminish its security.“

    — Adam Smith Source: (1776), The Wealth of Nations, Book IV, Chapter V, paragraph 82.


    On the other side of the argument is “Look a competitive market place coupled with the state’s invention of money accelerated human beings capacity to use their imaginations to deal with problems let’s give them more time to see if they can figure their way out their current problems particularly climate change.”

    1. Peter May -

      Quite so….

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