Infrastructure – what and why?
The ‘group for building stuff’ (post 20 Jan) focussed on construction. The reserve bank idea focusses on financing. Both of these miss the point – by your traditional country mile. What is the point? Probably best explained in the title of Brett Frischmann’s book “Infrastructure – the social value of shared resources” The whole point of infrastructure is not so much what IT does as what it enables US to do! That’s the social bit. The ‘shared resources’ refers to the fact that, unlike our iPhone or car, infrastructure is not owned by any one of us alone, but by all of us together. Thus we need a representative group decision.
So rather than give the job to some group that can only do a partial – and therefore poor – job, how do we improve government decision-making?