This is Lord Browne standing in front of the house he bought with the money he made at BP by making decisions that led to deaths and that made him friends with Tony Blair who gave him a knighthood that got him the job of reviewing education that turned universities into businesses.
It’s true that exactly the same decisions may well have been made if someone else had been in charge of reviewing education. That is because they still would have been made on the basis of holding up the likes of John Browne as paragons of business virtue, because that is what our politicians of every party do, and that is the conviction behind the policies of both the previous and the current government – a conviction that serves them well if one of their prime policy motivations is to have lower taxes for themselves and their friends.
Lord Browne is not the disease, he is the symptom. Well, okay, he’s the disease as well – if you look at his ‘achievements’ at BP he appears to be a veritable one man plague upon the face of the earth. But it’s his role as symptom that is even more troubling. We have government by big business, for big business, and we are assured this is the only way to improve government, yet the reasons why ‘business leaders’ like Lord Browne should be in charge fall apart as soon as we look at them closely.