Is it me or is Sheffield getting left behind? in Sheffield News & Discussions Posted February 19, 2014 Well Harryh I read through your first essay which raises some interesting points but couldn't be bothered with the second have you considered writing a bit more succinctly, to coin a previous phrase. You do come across as a bit ranting to be honest. You talk about "self improvement" and "betterment" but do seem to reduce this purely to money affairs as if that's the only thing that matters. Certain of your other phrases "state mediocrity" "bureaucratically stifling" "dynamic entrepreneurism" exaggerations such as "hire 20 parking attendants to patrol a sleepy residential street" "students that necked a bottle of cider" You also argue for "some minimal state regulation" with a lighter touch presumably to encourage "dynamism". The only things missing were the phrases "gold plated pensions" "PC brigade". You do come across as a bit Daily Mail and"white van man" (my emphasis). You probably think the Daily Mail is a good read ! We all know where light regulation got us don't we ? Groups like the Institute for Economic Affairs are always pushing the Thatcherite agenda, "leave it to the market", "taxation is robbery", get rid of the NHS etc, Wonder where the RBS would be without state intervention ? Why are you even in Sheffield surely you must have known it was the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire ? You're completely wrong and misguided - very easy to play a stereotype. Some of my comments are tongue and cheek, however anyone with any commercial experience in Sheffield should recognised the issues I am raising and the broader issues at a national level. I am not interested in the daily mail - I rather see, observe and learn by creating businesses and dealing with people from all manner of backgrounds and countries. What you argue about in your last section is exactly what I oppose - CRONY CAPITALISM where by vested interests have power! Wake up! ---------- Post added 19-02-2014 at 14:09 ---------- whether it's vested interest from people in the public sector, the banking industry or the energy industry it is all the same. This creates distortions and is bad for us.