I just heard these prophetic words from David Cameron on the radio:
if you’re not good or outstanding, you have to change. If you can’t do it yourself, you have to let experts come in and help you
He was talking about schools. But have you ever encountered a purer statement of neoliberal ideology? In practice this demand for excellence amounts to, as Will Davies puts it, “heating up the floor to see who can keep hopping the longest“.