Author Archives: Gerry Gavigan

Regulation v Reputation: a reminder that there’s no such thing as a free lunch

The ongoing investigation into the presence of horse meat in processed meat products has caused a number of predictable political and media reactions.  However, I suggest the real problem is the burgeoning tendency of the state to intervene, despite the … Continue reading

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Yet another government “digital strategy” – are they insane, foolish or timid?

At the beginning of November we were treated to the publication of yet another government digital strategy in which it is claimed that there are savings of £1.7 billion to be had by moving public transactions online.  There is little here … Continue reading

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How to eat your cake and have it

Get people asking the wrong questions and the answers don’t matter.  An example of the wrong question was contained in the blog post “leave me alone”: “If we want the government to do and provide and pay for all these … Continue reading

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