‘Government must become a change agent in its own right’

By David Bicknell

An article this morning makes a strong point that government must itself be an agent for change.

The piece, by the notable economist Will Hutton is actually about the UK economy, but includes this telling paragraph:

“The government has to become a leading change agent in its own right, rather as the Singaporean, South Korean and Japanese governments have been, but in a wholly different context. It has self-consciously to create the architecture to support business investment and innovation. It has to promote long-term business ownership and lean towards the insurgent companies rather than protecting incumbents. The pace of technological change is accelerating, and there has to be massive social investment, especially in the capabilities of our young people.”

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