Public Sector Efficiencies and WMDs
Well, we all know what happened next. Iraq was invaded and the WMDs didn’t exist. Powell was to say later that his presentation to the UN was a ‘blot on his record’.
All of this came to mind when I heard this morning the latest ‘evidence’ from Sir Peter Gershon on how £12 billion can be found from ‘efficiencies’ in the public sector.
The tragedy of the Iraqi WMD fiasco taught me to be sceptical when experts are wheeled out to present evidence in support of preconceived and politically motivated assertions and beliefs.
Colin Powell was a 4 star US General, respected across the world. But he was wrong on Iraq WMDs – his evidence was flawed – they didn’t exist.
I think the same applies to Sir Peter’s £12 billion.