Theresa May said yesterday:
I want Britain to be the world’s great meritocracy – a country where everyone has a fair chance to go as far as their talent and their hard work will allow.Of course, we lefties don’t like this: we believe a greater equality of outcome is more feasible and desirable than meritocracy. What’s insufficiently appreciated, however, is that Ms May’s vision should also disquiet the free-market right, because meritocracy is incompatible with freedom.
Just think what a true meritocracy would look like.…Just deserts and meritocracy are myths of liberal ideology. But May is a conservative, you say. Conservatism is based on economic liberalism as the basis of political liberalism.
Stumbling and Mumbling
Meritocracy vs freedom
Chris Dillow | Investors Chronicle