Friday, February 11, 2011

Why politicians should just butt out

Back in the days I led the Honest Food campaign at the Countryside Alliance every now and then we would have various campaigns to do with small and specialist food producers and retailers. What, people would ask, should we tell the government to do to make things easier for those producers and retailers. My answer was always the same: butt out of it. Best thing governments and politicians can do.

If one reads Allister Heath's list of the real reasons for the financial crisis, one can see that the same principle applies to financial and economic matters.


  1. Reminds me of Ronald Reagan's quote: 'The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help".' As true now as it was then!