…is that the worst of aspects of statism, got all mangled up with the the the quasi market bullshit that defined neo-liberalism. The controlling element of both was maintained, as was the invisibility to political debate and both were surefire recipes for bureacracy. And the knowledge that should have underpinned the development of our public services was squashed when political expedience demanded it, as was the duty to provide services people actually  needed and accountability when they weren’t. While politics was bought and sold on the message and how well it kept people forgetful.

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