Ideology is a distraction in the debate on public service provision. What truly matters is the right balance of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and that is just as important under private as under public ownership.

Indeed and I think that is the clearest indicator that we need to seriously rethink how we organise our societies.

Back in the days before industrialisation a job badly done meant you didn’t get repeat custom, as word got around that you did a poor job.

In a city of millions, you can just move on like Typhoid Mary, leaving a trail of disaster in your wake and still make a decent living.

We’ve tried the bonus culture approach. It hasn’t worked so terribly well. Time for something new. But what?

How do we extrinsically encourage people to take up roles in which their intrinsic motivation will be to everyone’s advantage?

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.