The tyranny of government-by-spreadsheet

Source: spiked
by Phil Mullan

“Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unwittingly showed just how politically hollow the budget has now become in a recent BBC Radio 4 interview with Nick Robinson. Robinson asked Hunt if preparing the budget still involved writing every policy idea with its cost on a card, and then moving the cards around a table to decide the priorities. He was asking, in effect, if the budget still involved political decision-making. But Hunt missed the point of the question. He responded by saying that the process is more ‘high-tech’ now. Tellingly, he said it is driven by the ‘weirdest spreadsheet you will ever see.’” (02/12/24)