The Degeneration of Public Administration

In the spring issue of City Journal, our critical doctor targets the ineffective, politically correct, ambitious mediocrities that tend to climb highest in the modern British state bureaucracies.

The degeneration of the public administration puzzles me because in all walks of life, from plumbers to electricians, locksmiths, shopkeepers, taxi drivers, surgeons, cardiologists, research scientists, and so forth, I meet capable, intelligent, honest, and talented people. The explanation of this strange divergence, I suspect, is ultimately in the way that the humanities, or inhumanities, are now taught in higher education.

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