Rather less inspirational and oracular is the website of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council. This self-satirising body has been established in response to concerns about over-regulation, especially as regards health and safety (packets of nuts with labels reading “May contain nuts”, that sort of thing). Thus the RRAC is a supervisory body that will supervise other supervisory bodies to ensure they supervise the rest of us in an appropriate manner. You follow?
The RRAC’s website starts with the following stirring call to arms (under the heading, “The Ambition”). If you want to know why Gordon Brown is currently tanking as prime minister, you could do a lot worse than consider this expression of his “vision for Britain”:
On taking office as Prime Minister, Gordon Brown committed to taking the Better Regulation agenda to a new level by focusing upstream at where policy-making engages with risk.
It’s worth taking the time to sit back and ponder this one fact: someone wrote that. There are people who think in those terms, for whom that sentence is a model of clear and elegant prose. And they’re running the country.