Capitalism is an incredibly productive system for providing what people want and are prepared to pay for.
Sadly, it lets us down when we want things that are bad for us. Or, perhaps more accurately, we let ourselves down.
Take mobility scooters for example.
Let’s agree upfront that some people have no other choice in how they get around because of major illness or injury. Those people have my genuine sympathy.
But if that was all that was going on, we’d be talking about a few thousand…not hundreds of thousands. Yet with annual sales estimated at 80,000 per year and a national fleet estimated at 350,000, Britain is now The Mobility Scooter Capital of Europe. Take that Brussels!
In a saner world, these contraptions would only be used by a small number of people. For example, farm labourers whose legs had gotten caught up in the blades of a combine