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In 2008-2013 we accompanied muhammad yunus to 40 of his youth enetreperenur and future of education summits from oxford's Sheldonian to Glasgow University where the idea of celebrating a journal of social businesds was co-launched with adma smith scholars and the univeristy's vice chancellor anton muscatelli, from paris (the co-origin of global social business leader partnerships to Dhaka to youth entrepreneur comoetitiona across hisdtirically black university states of Barack Obama's America.. Some questions of that period relevant to the 45 year old curriculum of Entreprenurial TRevolution started in The Economoist in 1972-  how could oxbridge contribute to youth sustainability entrepreneur revolutions as the 4th Industrial Recolution (from blockchain to smart mobile webs spiralled across cultures of Death of Distance's global village world? how could british aid as the world's number 1 social business network investor between 1972 and 2013, how could the bbc rediscover world service purpose in celebrating info on replication sustainability solutions? would the Euroepan Union ever reform itself beyond Pope Francis accurate criticism of society designed round haggard infertile grannies? More recent questions in 2017 http://economistuniversity.com how can we linkin all of the worlds education summits connerned with the greatest #LearningGeneration, how can english-langiahge and chiense langiage and francisdcans help their majority of worldwide youth co-create sustainability jobsd and free market channels around small eneterprises. If Norman Macrae could chose his last project connecting entrepreneurial frevolution curriculum from The Economist of 1972 today instead of 2008 then in all likelihood he woprld have suggesyted sampling 2000 books, 10000 dvds, 15000 joutrnal copies on jack ma of China but then we wouldnt have realsied that sustainability girls will only wholly be achoieved by 2030 if the girls empowerment solutions mobilised by bangladesh are integrated into every economic decision and teachers curriculum  

 OXFORD UNION DEBATE 

Growth depends on never letting politicians spend more than one quarter of GDP, May 1996

For the Motion: Mr Norman Macrae (aka The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant) : references 1

"Mr President, Sir,

On the night I was conceived in 1922, by a then junior British diplomat in New York, the lucky Americans similarly enjoying themselves around him had only 8% of their GPs spent by politicians. So Americans in that decade brought the world's cleanest environment revolution, as they triumphed over that pollutant vehicle the horse, put mankind on motor cars' wheels, and built sudden industrial strength which alone meant that Hitler, who by my 18th Christmas in 1941 held Europe from Atlantic to 20 miles from Moscow, was not quite strong enough to shove into gas ovens tiresomely argumentative people like me - and it would later, sir, have been you and all those so happily arguing still in this House.

After the war, we dinosaurs doddered. As I think the second oldest speaker tonight, I am properly desolate, sir, that we hand on to you of my granddaughters' generation an advanced world, at present divided into what comprehensive schoolteachers would call three halves.

In the 15 countries of our west European home, politicians spend between 42% and 63% of our GDPs, in deadening ways so job-losing and so sclerotic that - has old Oxford not noticed this, or does its brain hurt? - unemployment, especially for those whose European youth has been less gilded than yours, rises at each comparable stage of each successive trade cycle, and must thus continue until you see why.


Politicians' spend of GDP dwindles to "only" 35% in Europe's next two clear competitor countries. In America and in Japan which I briefly economically advised 35 years ago when its real GDP at yen exchange rate was one eighth of what it is now. The surge after 1950 by Hiroshimaed Japan in (eg) life expectancy (49 years for a Japanese in 1950, way over our 79 for its old ladies now) - plus its leapfrog beyond us in living standards, in education for its humblest inter-city children circa six times better than ours, in lower crime - was to us who tended it then by far the most exciting sudden forward leap in all the economic history of the world. Do note that it started, and had its main impetus, when its politicians spent only 24% of its GDP. In both Japan and America state spending has been subjected to an upward creep - a good soubriquet, that, for Clinton and Blair and Hashimoto - but since politicians' GDP pinch is still curbed to only 35%, both still exceed Europe in faster innovation and thus fuller employment.


The 1950s-1960s role of Japan is now carried forward by the third group of competitors poised to pinch our patrimony. The Hong Kongs and Singapores, which were coolie countries when I first saw them, have duly passed Britain in living standards, in inner city non-yobdom, in far better education than ours for the mass of their 17 year olds - even though, no sir, because their politicians spend, by IMF valuation, only 18% of their GDPs.

Has the penny really not dropped among Oxford's dreaming spires? When technology surges forward as in this computer age, the new wealth of nations springs from three main manifestations of human wit. One, a relentless daily search among a million competing profit centres on how best next to improve use of that technology next morning. Second, maximum competition in forecasting and guessing and experimenting with what the future may bring. Never allow politicians' monopoly in that. Third, I am sorry if this offends, avoid yesterday-cuddling trade unionisation of who does which, when, at what fixed price, and traditionally how. In our lifetime, it has been proven (a) that free markets bring forth those three qualities circa six times more efficaciously than when politicians say "let's appoint a monopoly organisation to produce some bright wheeze like a channel tunnel", ooh; and proven (b) that international institutions and politicians (of all parties) fib incredibly about the statistical results of this.


When Brussels said that communist East Germany had surpassed Harold Wilson's Britain in prosperity, and Ted Heath and a credulous BBC trilled agreement, I went to East Germany. Anybody who noticed a Trabant was not worth a Mercedes, could see East Germany outproduced even Wilson's Britain only in pollution and steroid-drugged lady shot-putters. In its most showpiece factories I assessed productivity at some one-sixth of Wilson's Britain's factories per man and per almost every other unit of input. When the Berlin Wall came down, my assessment proved to have been a little too kind to socialism as usual. If you compared the state factories of North Korea with the private factories of South Korea, you'd get the more dramatic figures typical of Asia. In the early 1990s the nationalised telephone utility of India had 40 times more employees than the privatised telephone utility of Thailand, although little Thailand was then just passing mighty India in the number of telephones actually working.


In Europe, we have the usual figures which might seem rude to the right honourable ex-member of Ebbw Vale. In the dozen years since British steel was privatised, its productivity per man has risen six times. If he says this is because of wicked sackings and shuttings, remember that Oxford's Attlee in 1947 told Britain's then 367,000 coalminers that coming public ownership would ensure nobody producing such valuable stuff as coal would lose his job this century. It is only the long overdue privatisation that can save even 12,000 of those jobs now, but don't let me claw at scabs of old wounds.


The question for your generation, sir, is whether you are going to drive ever more underclass Britons into unemployment by allowing five vital industries (accounting for three quarters of public expenditure) to be run by politicians at circa one sixth the efficiency that freer markets would bring. These are (1) social security insurance; (2) education; (3) health insurance; (4) a regulatory bureaucracy now five times larger than in Kaiser Wilhelm's Prussia; (5) crime non-prevention.


In education you will have to move to competitive vouchers, with payments highest for those who set up competitive schools in the worst inner cities, where state teaching of both facts and behaviour has incredibly declined in the past 50 years, while private industry has spread once unimaginable durables like colour tvs from 0 to 98% of households. One part of education (assessing by computer a particular child's learning pattern, seizing from that the next questions or facts to impart) will become telecommunicable from far countries. Bovine politicians don't see the same is true of social security insurance (if clients choose to stick to behaviourial norms like staying in married families, you can insure them and theirs far more cheaply against most social ills), and in health insurance (where doctors from Singapore will diagnose the right medical and diet regimes for the tummy from Wigan just X-rayed down their screens). The world's greatest experts on these three and other telecommutable subjects will congregate in the lands with lowest taxation, and all of you voting against tonight's motion will just be brutalising, ruining and killing poorer people if you say that's jolly unfair to British politicians' monopoly welfare state.


Crime rates will depend on whether you elect over-arrogant politicians. In the first decade of my life America produced gangsterdom as well as boom, because its politicians (in a folly my dad said would never be repeated) decreed alcohol could only be sold by Capone's vicious criminals. In this last decade of my life two-thirds of British crime is drug-related, because politicians decree sales of other drugs must be profitably reserved only for criminals. Under any sensible tax plus licensing regime such as we now have for alcohol, you don't get 15-year olds hooked on a wild and muggery-necessitating £200 a day alcohol mania, because a pub, fearing a loss of licence, would refer any such client for special treatment. In crime prevention we will also have to move to the methods of Japan, which has one seventh as many lawyers as we, a court system based on "did he do it, and how most cheaply to stop him doing it again?" which does not include stuffing hordes into expensive British prisons which statistically make inmates more likely to reoffend.


Can you see any other trade apart from heavily trade unionised British prison screws who have actual negative gross production? Yes, a few feet away. A chart from that Swedish Royal Commission chaired by the profs who award the Nobel prize in economics showed that the most effective number of members of parliament for a country of Britain's size would be 90-something. We have 651, and for the imminent general election they have pushed it up to 659 jobs for the boys.


I'd like to end on a more kindly note. If I'd been told in youth that politicians would spend 42% of Britain's GDP, which is more than Hitler spent of Germany's GDP in 1937, I'd have assumed we would by now be living under a monstrous tyranny. After 50 years of reporting on parliament, let me end with my favourite story which shows it just as an elephant's joke. The story is denied by the two self-credulous politicians concerned, but confirmed by the Americans who observed it. One day in the mid-80s, a party of American tourists was as usual being shown reverently around the palace of Westminster. The Lord Chancellor of England appeared in full gig on a staircase above them, and he needed to talk, on some matter of altering a timetable, to the Right Hon gent's successor as Labour leader who was disappearing down a corridor the other way. so Lord Chancellor Hailsham, in full-bottomed wig and black and gold robe, called to the other by his Christian name. Over the heads of the American tourists, he bellowed "Neil".


Instantly, and without hesitation, all the American tourists in the middle fell fully to their knees. A similar obsequiousness is not required to all the forecasts I have shouted at you this evening. A small genuflection will suffice to the simple rule by which your generation could octuple Britain's real national income during the 40 years of marvellously increasing computer technology which will be your working lives. That rule, sir, is never, never, allow politicians to pinch and spend more than a quarter of GDP. Everything will be so easy for the poorest of your contemporaries if only you understand that."

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Growth depends on never letting politicians spend more than one quarter of GDP

Oxford Union Debate of 30 May 1996



For the motion : Norman Macrae (CBE and Japanese Order of the Rising Sun), economist, market futurologist, writer of over 2000 editorials, mainly retired after 5 decades of journalism at The Economist and The Sunday Times

Against the motion: Rt Honourable Michael Foot, UK Member of Parliament for Plymouth (1945-1955), Ebbw Vale (1960-1983), Leader of the Labour Party (1980-1983) and succeeded by Rt Hon Neil Kinnock (1983-1992)

 

 
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  1. OXFORD & Myanmar  & Dhaka 1  2        (family note Norman macrae's first jow was naigating airplanes in world war 2 above modrn day banagladesh and Myanmar; he then went up to cambridge corpus christi was mentored by keynes, married daughter of Barrister of Law who mediated india's independence with Gandhi over 25 year period; norman then spent his working life before retirement at The Economist)
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To start 2012, two good news leads we have on job creating universities are: 1) help build our tour of MIT (western world's number 1 job creating institute); about 10 of the top 50 projects hubbing around Muhammad Yunus (for many entrepreneurial revolutionaries the number 1 job creator of the last third of a century) involve stimulating students to turn universities into job creating hubs. Yunus has a strong tradition of celebrating students in Oxford and London - any ideas on how to make the Uk spirit of job creation the other main take away of tourists in UK's Olympics year? chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

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THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PARTY

4th July 2010 Microeconomics Summit- Glasgow

questions/errors all attributable to chris macrae M Corpus Christi Cambridge , Statistics; chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk host of yunus 1000 bookclubs http://worldcitizen.tv/

 

What Muhammad Yunus and Fazle Abed did while  Bangladesh  was in its infancy as a nation was to set up The Entrepreurship Party without being a political party. This was a very Gandhian idea whose diaries resonate with : if there is any point to politicians they should transparently design systems to discriminate positively and wisely towards the poorest. It chimes also with the thesis that Manmohan Singh developed at  Cambridge  University  in the 1950s : exploring how to design economics models so that they compound no underclasses with or cross national borders.

 

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Sofia
as you know I dont do people politics at all well. I just reform global corporations with exponentials maths and economically making their biggest secrets open to win-win-win questioning once they let me in to their info; so please make of  what;s below what you all at LondonCreativeLabs Job camp franchises you will; although a july 4 glasgow embargo could be ideal if that stage is set , you choose. The Joan Robinson book I gave you is the one Manmohan Singh will have been tutored around in 1950s cambridge. My dad recalls her tutoring as a bit muddled but dealing with the problem that keynes was already out of date (since his economics was system design fit for a world where govs spent under 25% of their people and communications messaging were one millionth of today's madoff intensity)

 meanwhile : I am putting it up at oxbridge.tv as it reminds me of 2 days I spent following dr yunus in the tales of 2 cities : Glasgow- Oxford 1-2 Dec 2008: leaflets adam smith lecture glasgow and romano lecture the sheldonian oxford. Of course if you and lesley can help jonathan spread this as tale of 25 cities that would be bloody marvelous timing for all our collaborations in Building Social Business http://the-hub.net http://worldcitizen.tv  (oops -excuse my franglais)

If you need help from young yunus journalists I would particularly commend Alexis in new york who knows both Yunus and his publisher and made it so difficult for us to get seats at the first yunus booktalk Jan 2008 in borders where 9 year olds turned out to be smartest questioners http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKXXsINFoHQ , estelle in paris activist with you of yunus 69th birthday dialogue in dhaka, and caitlin in swarthmore , america's first economics student to host a year long social business club; if you need political or ecclesiastical (and ministry of peace) help tailored to UK culture I would suggest john bunzl www.simpol.org or fellow royal automobile club celebrant of dad and yunus peter challen ; 

I am sure that if others (eg Nick, Sam, Zasheem, Hans) recognise their story in this terribly rough script they can help you, and you can help them -after all job creation in capital cites round the world is your life's story and what the values dr yunus asked us in 2006 to collaboratively live with in our action group with mostofa http://yunusforum.net  - impossible becomes possible when right people time action place

And yes above and below all - errors are only mine.

cheers chris 

THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PARTY

 

What Muhammad Yunus and Fazle Abed did while Bangladesh was in its infancy as a nation was to set up The Entrepreurship Party without being a political party. This was a very Gandhian idea whose diaries resonate with : if there is any point to politicians they should transparently design systems to discriminate positively and wisely towards the poorest. It chimes also with the thesis that Manmohan Singh developed at Cambridge University in the 1950s : exploring how to design economics models so that they compound no underclasses with or cross national borders

 

The simple rule by which your generation could octuple Britain's real national income during the 40 years of marvelously increasing computer technology which will be your working lives. That rule, sir, is never, never, allow politicians to pinch and spend more than a quarter of GDP. Everything will be so easy for the poorest of your contemporaries if only you understand that." Norman “Beyond Normalcy http://yunusforum.net/?p=80 " Macrae, 1996 Oxford Union Debate with the Honorable Michael Foot Opposing the Motion

 

Three of the greatest microeconomists to have played on our planet’s most humanly energising stages were 2 Scots James Wilson (Entrepreneur, MP, Founder of The Economist to boot out 90% of Peer Maps) and Adam Smith (he of how to build communities and Free markets) and Walter Bagehot (first professional editor of The Economist –an institution whose purpose as well as shares was owned by sisters in law for two generations demonstrating that alongside social business, another goodwill multiplying model befitting entrepreneurship cam be  family business) . These men whose process became governed by an empowering  feminine culture transformed  a nation’s constitution (its ruling monarchy) from the worst of empiring over people ,which included slavetrading, to commonwealth. In so doing, they prevented the bloody origin of the word entrepreneurship whose “between take” of assets refers to the big questions of  Liberation & Equality the French were set to debate almost endlessly: having cut off the heads of monarchy who were monopolizing productive assets , will we compound better social and business models? Salut The French, and particularly European hero Jean Monnet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cquLPtZ3tkA who had to patently wait to 2005 for the commencement of a full resolution to their global entrepreneurial challenge - when France’s and the world’s first sustainability luncheon was hosted, a story books such as Building Social Business will be made of for centuries to come.

 

For transatlantic citizens it is also fitting that the first Global Microeconomist summit is rumored to occur on 4th July 2010 in Glasgow . Of course the Boston Tea Party was relatively bloodless and so a highly economical way to launch the brand DNA of the greatest entrepreneur nation humans had constituted. It thrived generating sustainability’s rising exponentials for nearly 2 centuries until it ultimately got drowned in too much commercial tv spotting. http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/

 

REPRISE: THE MOST OPTIMISTIC ENDING OF A MILLENNIUM

Yet in entrepreneurial worlds,  hope springs eternal with each new generation, the more they discover how to network micro to inter to macro not mass media's other dumbing down way round. Thanks to the rather unlikely trio of Crusaders ( musician Sam, politician Hilary and queen Sofia of  Spain)  the greatest ever networking series of peoples summits started in 1997 and have spread that yes we can ideology:  “our communities can plant and compound microeconomic systems" , and we can declare millennoum goals and relentlessly demand that all 7 billion people  help to action or testify to their achievement

 

So: Why Not Enjoy The 2010s by celebrating the start to an order of magnitude more economic networking age as long as all of our children know which are entrepreneurship’s "whole truth" stories. The microentreprenuerial ones most worthy of our time’s social dramatics becuase they help everyone to communally live to discover our creativity insides. Then, entrepreneurship parties may unite in the best of collaboration and competition all over the world in races with greatest goals such as poverty museums everywhere . If Peter Drucker’s knowledge co-worker maps are correct (and readers of Von Neumann’s biography know that they risk little by betting that they are), such above zero-sum games will openly and naturally lead to 50 times more productivity for all within 2 generations.

 

Credit for the future is also due to the New Vikings http://www.knowledgeboard.com/item/2556/23/5/3 . In 1996, Norwegians played a serendipitous role in the greatest global village happening yet to mend digital divides- Grameen' Mobile telephone lady who set to out to turn the bank’s 125000 village market centers into networked knowhow hubs. Ten years later shocked by a Norwegian corporation’s uncaring use of Grameen brand, the Nobel Prize committee decided the least they could do in recompense was to award each of Dr Yunus and the nearly 8 million female members of Grameen half a Nobel prize.

 

Noble futures are curioser than history. First, the Nobel Prize Committee corrected a wee  mistake in summer of 2008 – they had forgotten to include Bangladesh’s model youth generation in the celebrations so they came to Dhaka and opened  poverty museum inviting 1000 youth to be its inaugural guests. Unless you are familiar with “herstory” of Microcredit’s mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, you my feel tht The Nobel Jury then test marketed the biggest future shock in their history. In 2009, they awarded the Noble prize to what seemed to many to be the bailout drowning President Obama. As innovation inflection points transform,  American’s greatest community builder knew how to use such a worldwide prize just as Aladdin would a lamp. Within 6 months he was launching the President’s Entrepreneurship  summit between 60  Eastern and Western nations. The great success of the inauguration of this in April 2010 will get better and happier – next stop Turkey 2011.  http://www.america.gov/st/texttrans-english/2010/April/20100426195555sblebahc0.6099207.html

OXFORD UNION DEBATE 

Growth depends on never letting politicians spend more than one quarter of GDP, May 1996

For the Motion: Mr Norman Macrae (aka The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant) : references 1

"Mr President, Sir,

On the night I was conceived in 1922, by a then junior British diplomat in New York, the lucky Americans similarly enjoying themselves around him had only 8% of their GPs spent by politicians. So Americans in that decade brought the world's cleanest environment revolution, as they triumphed over that pollutant vehicle the horse, put mankind on motor cars' wheels, and built sudden industrial strength which alone meant that Hitler, who by my 18th Christmas in 1941 held Europe from Atlantic to 20 miles from Moscow, was not quite strong enough to shove into gas ovens tiresomely argumentative people like me - and it would later, sir, have been you and all those so happily arguing still in this House.

After the war, we dinosaurs doddered. As I think the second oldest speaker tonight, I am properly desolate, sir, that we hand on to you of my granddaughters' generation an advanced world, at present divided into what comprehensive schoolteachers would call three halves.

In the 15 countries of our west European home, politicians spend between 42% and 63% of our GDPs, in deadening ways so job-losing and so sclerotic that - has old Oxford not noticed this, or does its brain hurt? - unemployment, especially for those whose European youth has been less gilded than yours, rises at each comparable stage of each successive trade cycle, and must thus continue until you see why.


Politicians' spend of GDP dwindles to "only" 35% in Europe's next two clear competitor countries. In America and in Japan which I briefly economically advised 35 years ago when its real GDP at yen exchange rate was one eighth of what it is now. The surge after 1950 by Hiroshimaed Japan in (eg) life expectancy (49 years for a Japanese in 1950, way over our 79 for its old ladies now) - plus its leapfrog beyond us in living standards, in education for its humblest inter-city children circa six times better than ours, in lower crime - was to us who tended it then by far the most exciting sudden forward leap in all the economic history of the world. Do note that it started, and had its main impetus, when its politicians spent only 24% of its GDP. In both Japan and America state spending has been subjected to an upward creep - a good soubriquet, that, for Clinton and Blair and Hashimoto - but since politicians' GDP pinch is still curbed to only 35%, both still exceed Europe in faster innovation and thus fuller employment.


The 1950s-1960s role of Japan is now carried forward by the third group of competitors poised to pinch our patrimony. The Hong Kongs and Singapores, which were coolie countries when I first saw them, have duly passed Britain in living standards, in inner city non-yobdom, in far better education than ours for the mass of their 17 year olds - even though, no sir, because their politicians spend, by IMF valuation, only 18% of their GDPs.

Has the penny really not dropped among Oxford's dreaming spires? When technology surges forward as in this computer age, the new wealth of nations springs from three main manifestations of human wit. One, a relentless daily search among a million competing profit centres on how best next to improve use of that technology next morning. Second, maximum competition in forecasting and guessing and experimenting with what the future may bring. Never allow politicians' monopoly in that. Third, I am sorry if this offends, avoid yesterday-cuddling trade unionisation of who does which, when, at what fixed price, and traditionally how. In our lifetime, it has been proven (a) that free markets bring forth those three qualities circa six times more efficaciously than when politicians say "let's appoint a monopoly organisation to produce some bright wheeze like a channel tunnel", ooh; and proven (b) that international institutions and politicians (of all parties) fib incredibly about the statistical results of this.


When Brussels said that communist East Germany had surpassed Harold Wilson's Britain in prosperity, and Ted Heath and a credulous BBC trilled agreement, I went to East Germany. Anybody who noticed a Trabant was not worth a Mercedes, could see East Germany outproduced even Wilson's Britain only in pollution and steroid-drugged lady shot-putters. In its most showpiece factories I assessed productivity at some one-sixth of Wilson's Britain's factories per man and per almost every other unit of input. When the Berlin Wall came down, my assessment proved to have been a little too kind to socialism as usual. If you compared the state factories of North Korea with the private factories of South Korea, you'd get the more dramatic figures typical of Asia. In the early 1990s the nationalised telephone utility of India had 40 times more employees than the privatised telephone utility of Thailand, although little Thailand was then just passing mighty India in the number of telephones actually working.


In Europe, we have the usual figures which might seem rude to the right honourable ex-member of Ebbw Vale. In the dozen years since British steel was privatised, its productivity per man has risen six times. If he says this is because of wicked sackings and shuttings, remember that Oxford's Attlee in 1947 told Britain's then 367,000 coalminers that coming public ownership would ensure nobody producing such valuable stuff as coal would lose his job this century. It is only the long overdue privatisation that can save even 12,000 of those jobs now, but don't let me claw at scabs of old wounds.


The question for your generation, sir, is whether you are going to drive ever more underclass Britons into unemployment by allowing five vital industries (accounting for three quarters of public expenditure) to be run by politicians at circa one sixth the efficiency that freer markets would bring. These are (1) social security insurance; (2) education; (3) health insurance; (4) a regulatory bureaucracy now five times larger than in Kaiser Wilhelm's Prussia; (5) crime non-prevention.


In education you will have to move to competitive vouchers, with payments highest for those who set up competitive schools in the worst inner cities, where state teaching of both facts and behaviour has incredibly declined in the past 50 years, while private industry has spread once unimaginable durables like colour tvs from 0 to 98% of households. One part of education (assessing by computer a particular child's learning pattern, seizing from that the next questions or facts to impart) will become telecommunicable from far countries. Bovine politicians don't see the same is true of social security insurance (if clients choose to stick to behaviourial norms like staying in married families, you can insure them and theirs far more cheaply against most social ills), and in health insurance (where doctors from Singapore will diagnose the right medical and diet regimes for the tummy from Wigan just X-rayed down their screens). The world's greatest experts on these three and other telecommutable subjects will congregate in the lands with lowest taxation, and all of you voting against tonight's motion will just be brutalising, ruining and killing poorer people if you say that's jolly unfair to British politicians' monopoly welfare state.


Crime rates will depend on whether you elect over-arrogant politicians. In the first decade of my life America produced gangsterdom as well as boom, because its politicians (in a folly my dad said would never be repeated) decreed alcohol could only be sold by Capone's vicious criminals. In this last decade of my life two-thirds of British crime is drug-related, because politicians decree sales of other drugs must be profitably reserved only for criminals. Under any sensible tax plus licensing regime such as we now have for alcohol, you don't get 15-year olds hooked on a wild and muggery-necessitating £200 a day alcohol mania, because a pub, fearing a loss of licence, would refer any such client for special treatment. In crime prevention we will also have to move to the methods of Japan, which has one seventh as many lawyers as we, a court system based on "did he do it, and how most cheaply to stop him doing it again?" which does not include stuffing hordes into expensive British prisons which statistically make inmates more likely to reoffend.


Can you see any other trade apart from heavily trade unionised British prison screws who have actual negative gross production? Yes, a few feet away. A chart from that Swedish Royal Commission chaired by the profs who award the Nobel prize in economics showed that the most effective number of members of parliament for a country of Britain's size would be 90-something. We have 651, and for the imminent general election they have pushed it up to 659 jobs for the boys.


I'd like to end on a more kindly note. If I'd been told in youth that politicians would spend 42% of Britain's GDP, which is more than Hitler spent of Germany's GDP in 1937, I'd have assumed we would by now be living under a monstrous tyranny. After 50 years of reporting on parliament, let me end with my favourite story which shows it just as an elephant's joke. The story is denied by the two self-credulous politicians concerned, but confirmed by the Americans who observed it. One day in the mid-80s, a party of American tourists was as usual being shown reverently around the palace of Westminster. The Lord Chancellor of England appeared in full gig on a staircase above them, and he needed to talk, on some matter of altering a timetable, to the Right Hon gent's successor as Labour leader who was disappearing down a corridor the other way. so Lord Chancellor Hailsham, in full-bottomed wig and black and gold robe, called to the other by his Christian name. Over the heads of the American tourists, he bellowed "Neil".


Instantly, and without hesitation, all the American tourists in the middle fell fully to their knees. A similar obsequiousness is not required to all the forecasts I have shouted at you this evening. A small genuflection will suffice to the simple rule by which your generation could octuple Britain's real national income during the 40 years of marvellously increasing computer technology which will be your working lives. That rule, sir, is never, never, allow politicians to pinch and spend more than a quarter of GDP. Everything will be so easy for the poorest of your contemporaries if only you understand that."

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Growth depends on never letting politicians spend more than one quarter of GDP

Oxford Union Debate of 30 May 1996



For the motion : Norman Macrae (CBE and Japanese Order of the Rising Sun), economist, market futurologist, writer of over 2000 editorials, mainly retired after 5 decades of journalism at The Economist and The Sunday Times

Against the motion: Rt Honourable Michael Foot, UK Member of Parliament for Plymouth (1945-1955), Ebbw Vale (1960-1983), Leader of the Labour Party (1980-1983) and succeeded by Rt Hon Neil Kinnock (1983-1992)




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