November 22, 2005

CONSUMERS NOT DEPENDENTS:

Blair vows to drive through public service reforms (Press Association, November 22, 2005, Guardian Unlimited)

Mr Blair said his administration's focus on increasing choice in public services was driven by its perception of a "major economic and political shift" in British society.

Voters considered that previous administrations had invested too little money in the public services such as schools and the NHS, and the government had responded to that, he told the committee.

But he added: "At the same time, the public is saying: 'If you put more money into these services, we want them to be more responsive to us as consumers'. We should respond to that as a government and do it fairly." [...]

"The idea is to get to the situation where people see that the money we have put into public services is matched by change and reform," he said.

"I think there's a very strong desire amongst the public for us to make the changes to ensure those public services are responsive."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2005 8:28 AM
Comments

A key feature of Third Way policies, and the reason the Left is terrified of them, is that they replace "third payer" arrangements with direct, two-way transactions.

The education establishment, at all levels, as well as the media are two institutions directly threatened by this change. Reduce these sanctuaries and what does the left have as a base from which to operate?

Posted by: Luciferous at November 23, 2005 12:58 PM
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