At the end of his latest fence-sitting 'objective' piece Gerry Hassan
says: 'We need to talk about the economy: economic growth and its limits, how wealth is generated, what we define as wealth, and critically, what kind of economy we want, what kind of companies and firms, and issues of ownership.' Critically (because that is the buzz word of the overgrown schoolboy, critical thinking), let us talk of the economy and the idea of growth. Let's talk about the hidebound social constructivism that Mr Hassan pushes. Let's talk about the limits of wealth and the introduction of a universal income that centres power on the new psychiatric state and undermines any human dynamism – kind of like present-day Scotland.
Mr Hassan mentions issues of ownership and what kind of companies we want. How in God's name can you 'plan' for this stuff? Is it that companies must be 50% gender equal and serve the people/state? Drain cleaners must be 50/50 gender equal? I do not think so, my friends. Any company worth its salt will serve the state because it serves a need in the people. Mr Hassan's tragedy is that he understands that markets can work and that there is a need for the social contract but he cannot remove himself from the virtues (and all its signals) of being part of a quasi-socialist consensus that will eat him alive if he dissents. So the issue is fear. Quite funny actually. We are way past the politics of party, we are in the era of individual and state.
and David Torrance
, in the same issue, remind us of the old saw, much loved by journalists, 'A week is a long time in politics'. In his usual forthright fashion, Kenneth Roy states it is 'the most famous political quote of all time'. Really? He also tells us that Harold Wilson, asked to confirm his authorship of the saying, 'replied frankly that he couldn't remember uttering it'. Another version of events suggests Wilson has been long misquoted. His actual words: 'A week is a long time in the Labour party'.