“He who knows not, but knows not that he knows not, is a fool – shun him
He who knows not, but knows that he knows not, is simple – teach him
He who knows, but knows not that he knows, is asleep – wake him
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a wise man – follow him”
It would seem that we have very many who fit the first three classifications (especially the first) and none that fit the last – that is borne out by this written Prime Ministerial Statement.
From Wikipedia we learn that Special Advisers work in a supporting role to the British government; that they possess media, political or policy expertise and their duty is to assist and advise government ministers.
Politicians lead us to believe that they and only they are sufficiently wise to lead, govern, rule us (take your pick) so one has to ask if that is so why did the salary bill (2011-21012) for Special Advisers amount to £6.2million? Of that figure the Special Advisers to David Cameron cost £1.4million and those for Nick Clegg £600,000. Do we not have – and already pay for – civil servants to fulfill this role?
This just goes to prove a long-held belief of mine; namely that when managing UK plc, a PPE Degree is worth squat-diddly.
Afterthought: And this matter is something else for the Harrogate Agenda to consider – at the appropriate juncture, of course.