Pragmatic | Can we ban this one for 2012?

The most abused public policy argument of 2011

Here is the argument which was thrown around often in 2011. Particularly brandished to rationalise well-intentioned but poorly-designed policy initiatives — whether it be Lok Pal and corruption, or Food Security Bill and hunger, or Development before security in Maoist-affected areas, or Indian government pursuing peace with Pakistan — the essence of this line of reasoning is captured by this quote from Yes Prime Minister. In the episode Power to the People, Jim Hacker explains what he calls Politician’s Logic:

“Something must be done. This is something, therefore we must do it.”

No more of Politician’s Logic in 2012. Please.

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