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Infrastructure planning needs technocrats, but don’t forget the politics

Untitled2This post is by Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance, and Julian Morgan, chief economist at Green Alliance.

Technocrats get a bad rap. In the media stereotype, they are calculating micro-managers, bent on controlling the world with little understanding of how it really operates. Yesterday, Sir John Armitt set out a more interesting view of a technocratic commission, peopled by wise, forward thinking public servants set on preparing the UK’s infrastructure for the 2040s. We think it has strong merit, and could help to drive the transition to a lower carbon, smarter UK economy. The fact that Armitt has recognised that carbon and sustainability impacts have to be a central criteria for the commission is a great start. Read more