Category Archives: nomenklatura

Britain’s profound corruption

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 08.10.00The British State, writes Dalrymple, is

rotten.

Its rottenness is its

raison d’être.

The highest ranks

have been encouraged to arrogate to themselves large rewards from the public purse.

The nomenklatura’s

ostensible purposes — health, education, even defence — are the most feeble or transparent of pretexts; its real purpose is personal enrichment and institutional aggrandisement.

The level

of honesty — moral, intellectual and financial — of the population in Britain has declined drastically. We are now a nation of special pleaders on the take.

Equality of opportunity is

the politico-bureaucratic pretext for perpetuating inequality while destroying opportunity.

The well-merited result of this is and will be

impoverishment.

The Cameron blancmange easily moulds itself to any shape going

Thatcher's successor-but-one, Blair, with the cunning of the born swindler, seized his chance and created a loyal, corrupt, self-seeking nomenklatura that remains extremely influential and easily able to outwit the blancmange-like  Cameron, who moulds himself to any shape going

‘Thatcher’s successor-but-one, Blair, with the cunning of the born swindler, seized his chance and created a loyal, corrupt, self-seeking nomenklatura that remains extremely influential and easily able to outwit the blancmange-like Cameron, who moulds himself to any shape going’

Britain’s ruined hospitals system

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 14.43.03Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 14.42.10The atmosphere in the National Health Service is increasingly Soviet, writes Dalrymple.

Fear, lies and a nomenklatura reign.

Thatcher the Leninist

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 17.59.15Where bureaucracies are set targets by a government, writes Dalrymple, the result is

organised lying.

Margaret Thatcher, he says,

ignored the lessons of the Soviet Union and became something of a Leninist.

She instituted

the régime of legalised corruption under which we live, and which Blair expanded with low cunning. Blair saw it as an opportunity to create a nomenklatura.

Thanks to Thatcher’s faith in managerialism,

private looting of the public purse takes place on a scale not seen since the 18th century.

Thatcher’s insignificance

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‘She spoke too much and did too little…Her…strident tone, that was capable…of cutting glass, gave even her best ideas a bad reputation, as if they had…been put into practice when…they had not’

There is, let us face it, little to be said in favour of Margaret Thatcher, a greatly overrated prime minister, except that, as Dalrymple points out, she was undoubtedly

the greatest reformer in Argentinian history.

Dalrymple is alive to Thatcher’s many flaws.

By naïvely believing in management as a science…that could…be applied in the public sector to make it more efficient, she introduced the legalised corruption that is…so characteristic of her country, a legalised corruption that was (as the Soviets used to say) creatively developed by her follower and disciple…Blair, and that created the nomenklatura…that was and is largely responsible for the country’s disastrous situation….

She was really just another in a long line of British political failures,

wrestling unsuccessfully with her country’s inexorable, century-long…slide into sub-mediocrity.

The health service mess

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 08.50.52Dalrymple lists the failings of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust:

  • the ravening ambition of bureaucratic mediocrities
  • institutionally perverted incentives that reward those who do worst
  • the creation of a nomenklatura at the head of an apparat staffed by bullied, intimidated, fearful but unscrupulous apparatchiks
  • an inability or unwillingness to speak or write in plain English
  • intellectual dishonesty with compulsory lying on a vast scale
  • the proliferation of procedural objectives and bureaucratic tasks unrelated to reality or to the welfare of patients
  • a revolting tendency to Pecksniffian self-congratulation and self-righteousness

He calls the NHS

that vast charitable organisation for the outdoor relief of second-rate bureaucrats.

He points to the slick insidiousness of Tony Blair, who made Labour, once the party of the working class, the party of the nomenklatura. There was also Margaret Thatcher,

with her crude sub-Marxist view of the professions as exploitative monopolists. She thought the methods and disciplines of the marketplace, imposed by ‘scientific’ management but in the absence of anything resembling a market, would eliminate chronic inefficiency. This was stupid. It called into being a managerial class, cunning and unscrupulous.