Beecroft didn’t go far enough – why didn’t he propose slavery?

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There is a very, very good article in the FT this morning written by Richard Lambert - yes, he who was once of the CBI.

Writing in the style of Jonathan Swift he tears the Beecroft report for the Tories on supply side labour reforms apart with highly effective satire. Let me offer just a couple of examples, but suggest you go and read the whole thing (and you can register for the FT for free):

Philosopher Beecroft has well argued the case for public executions in the workplace, to concentrate the minds of the feckless and to encourage their greater efforts. But he is too softhearted.

Oh, and on slavery:

I have been assured by a knowing American of my acquaintance in London that a reasonably active citizen, modestly well fed, at any age up to three score years and ten can be made into a useful and active slave who, since he will receive no emolument for his pains, such as they are, can instantly and economically be turned into an active contributor to our country’s wealth and recovery.

When Lambert can suggest that this is the direction of travel of Beecroft - and incidentally the TPA last week - we need to be worried. Largely because his lampooning reveals a truth that could not have been delivered in any other way.