Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Challenge

This description of a society in which the aim is to maximise well-being rather than GNP is, I think, the worst article I have read this year. To give a flavour:

"The year is 2020. Despite the best efforts of Cameron's Conservatives and the oppositionist Left New Labour is still in office. It has achieved this by cleverly adapting its policies to the well-being agenda that dramatically captured the public's imagination in the later years of the first decade...by showing how only they could deliver on what needed to be done New Labour has reigned supreme."

"Amidst the hoardings that remain are posters proclaiming that "happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have", "enough is enough!" and "meet needs not greed"."

"In the workplace (where the guiding principle is there's a place for work but work must be put in its place)"


and finishing up with

"the ethos of "being warm" replaces the ethos of "being cool".


Today's challenge, for which there will be a small and entirely fictitious prize, is to find and post in the comments section a link to any articles which you think are even worse, advocating something which could in other circumstances be quite a good idea (so an article by some Tory arguing the usual sort of right-wing drivel doesn't count). Extra points if the comments section is even worse than the article, as in

"One such nightmare is the escalation of expectations alluded to in my last two posts. Enough is never enough. I had an experience of this yesterday when I gave a pound to a young street beggar, only to be asked for another one to make up the price of a neat, little MP3 player that he had his eye on. Remember when it used to be "Price of a cuppa tea. guv?"".

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