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Reader’s comment: No incentive to improve


In response to Chris McGovern: Problems are there to be solved not accepted, Mr Hinds, Hank Rearden wrote:

How long does a failing food shop survive? A failing restaurant? A failing boot manufacturer? In the absence of government subsidies, about ten minutes. Thus we have any number of food choices, I reckon the local Tesco must offer fifty+ types of bread. As for shoes, you can get as many as you care for (which in the case of Mrs Rearden seems to be all of them!)

Whereas when the Polish state ran things, people queued in the snow for their bread ration. When the East German state ran car manufacturing, they made the Trabant. Had they been allowed to complain, I’m sure officials at said Trabant plants would have blamed a lack of state investment in their machinery or something. Back in the late 70s and early 80s I went to one of these Trabant-type schools and it was an utterly ghastly, violent failure.

When there is no price point and no market indicator and no competitor ravenous for your lunch, there is no incentive to improve. All the Ofsted forms in the world won’t change that.

Damian either hasn’t heard of, or more likely is too afraid to try a proven solution which would address the above failure, namely education vouchers. Oh for an actual conservative party rather than this lot of socialists in blue clothing.

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