What will fail? And what can be done about it? Comment and contributions welcome

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Long time commentator on this blog Ivan Horrocks has posted this comment:

It’d be an interesting exercise in prediction if between the us (ie. you and the commentators on your blog) and using our collective expertise, we put together a list of all the negative outcomes we expect to flow from the policies adopted between 2010 – 2015. I only flagged a few but there are others that I expect to emerge from policies that were a lot less “public” than they ought to have been. For example, Private Eye recently reported that the pipeline and supply network for supplying fuel to military bases and other strategic facilities (I forget it’s name) was sold off just before Parliament rose so nobody noticed. Then we have the privatised air sea rescue service, and so on. I’m not expert enough in those areas to say what the negative outcomes might be – perhaps they’ll all be positive – but it’d be interesting to second guess what other disasters await this government beyond the obvious ones like the NHS and poverty.

I think this an interesting idea and have already commented on both the NHS and the deficit this morning.

Guest posts on this blog are rare but I also recognise that I am a long way from the fount of all wisdom on such issues.

I am therefore open to receiving comment on this issue. But, I stress, I am not interested in party political comment. This is policy blog, not a political one, although one of course informs the other. I am interested in reasoned argument and most especially in solution focussed argument that suggests solutions to problems and that does not just say that it is a mistake that X, Y or Z has happened.

So, contrary to normal practice I am open to guest blogs on this theme. Make them up to 800 words (no more by preference). They can have been posted elsewhere already. And if you know of a good blog that fits the bill, draw attention to it in the comments with details of the author so I can get permission to reproduce it here.

Building the narrative of what can be done about the crisis we are facing is an important part of debate. Let's see what can be delivered.