The UK government is very fond of targets, something that is often derided. But real numerical targets do set a benchmark for performance that is difficult to fudge.
Yesterday trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt announced a goal of every household in Britain having online access by 2008. Since only 50% are connected now (the majority on dial-up connections), 2008 is a hugely ambitious target. I think it will be hugely difficult to achieve, but it’s a worth aim.
An email out of the ordinary today: Christmas greetings from a regular reader of Davos Newbies who wishes me “a happy new year of successful blogging”. That’s wonderfully nice and will certainly inspire me to read the Adam Smith Blog more regularly. Thanks Alex.