Mad As Hell

Three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins.

Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell? Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people.

Yet after a quarter century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work.

They seem unable to deliver.

Why? What is it about modern society that seems to crave liberty but also to crave more state intervention?

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20050619200506221/3. The first of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems to crave liberty but also to crave more state intervention?

Then News.

1/3. The first of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems to crave liberty but also to crave more state intervention?

"1/3. The first of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems to crave liberty but also to crave more state intervention?"

20050626200506292/3. The second of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter of a century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems both to crave liberty and yet to crave more state intervention?

Followed by News.

2/3. The second of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter of a century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems both to crave liberty and yet to crave more state intervention?

"2/3. The second of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter of a century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems both to crave liberty and yet to crave more state intervention?"

20050703200507063/3. The last of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter of a century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems both to crave liberty and yet to crave more state intervention?

Followed by News.

3/3. The last of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter of a century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems both to crave liberty and yet to crave more state intervention?

"3/3. The last of three talks by columnist Simon Jenkins. Why is everyone who comes into contact with modern British government mad as hell?

Thatcherism was supposed to roll back the frontiers of the state and disengage government from the people. Yet after a quarter of a century of privatisation we seem more enmeshed in Whitehall rules, regulation and red tape than ever.

At the recent election, every party promised to cut back on every facet of over-regulation, in hospitals, schools, police, health and safety, even farming and building work. They seem unable to deliver. Why? What is it about modern society that seems both to crave liberty and yet to crave more state intervention?"

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