Garth George writes:
But these days the state tries to tailor the need to the supply. It is constantly endeavouring to alter people's habits, behaviour and activities to avoid having to supply the needs.
Instead of building new hospitals to meet the health needs of the populace, we spend millions on "preventive" measures and trying to change people's habits.
Instead of building new power stations, the state tries to lower demand, all the while creaming off exorbitant profits.
Instead of building more roads, the state insists on wasting untold millions on promoting and subsidising public transport, building cycleways and suchlike.
This is true enough. Power is a particularly obvious example, with blocks on new generation, the price going through the roof, and the government claiming that conservation is the new generation.
This approach can only lead to tears. In fact it has already. Our roads are inadequate and we need more power stations. Therefore we waste loads of time getting from A to B and pay a lot more than we should (perhaps double) for our power.
This will require a change in attitude in the government. It certainly won't come from the bureaucrats.