If State Control Is Success, What Does Failure Look Like?

by Dick Puddlecote

Wow! What a weekend that was! Two unrelated celebrations – apart from both involving joyous consumption of wine, of course – in Puddlecoteville has meant that I’ve barely touched a computer … not even to place the almost religious Saturday bet.

However, catching up last night and today it’s clear that the EU has finally stopped pretending and admitted that it is an elaborate grand larceny scam, while all three main UK parties have dispensed with one of the last of the country’s freedoms so the press and blogs are hindered in the role of holding the state to account.

The Cyprus situation is truly staggering! Without warning and, I expect, not even the smallest of small print of any bank contract saying that it could be a possibility, savers are to have 6%-10% of their already taxed savings stolen by the super state. As it stands, it appears that those savings aren’t even allowed to be accessed at all … politicians have effectively frozen them until Thursday as usually can only happen if criminality is suspected.

But then, states are used to treating all of us like criminals unless proven otherwise.

Here we are crippled by a recession unsolvable due to worldwide over-spending by politicians, and it’s the public who are being punished for it. Yet you just know, don’t you, that come Question Time on Thursday the same exhortation will spew forth from the audience … “what is the government going to do about it?”

Governments have collectively gotten us into a position where their spending is through the roof; they are universally despised for fighting wars it is clear they lied about; they have systematically dismantled democracy; turned our schools into a political tool; installed themselves as nannies over how we choose to live; yet many seem to think we need more of their incompetent interference, not less.

There are reports that Osborne may increase the beer duty escalator despite pubs (which politicians really like, apparently) already suffering through years of political interference. For why? Well, to appease the unelected, state-funded health lobby and to fund a freeze on fuel duty which effectively means they will generously stop stealing from us for a short few months.

Courts are to be given powers to hold secret hearings, thereby dispensing with centuries of a transparent judicial system. But it’s OK, politicians assure us they can be trusted … just like their expenses claims in 2009 and their cast-iron guarantees and their assurances about WMDs.

Seriously, why does anyone believe that more tinkering by government is any kind of solution to anything when every time they poke their arrogant noses in, things just get worse?

Random image: Father Ted fixes a tiny dent on a new car

As a result of the EU’s decision to go all Boardwalk Empire on us, Twitter is alive with innovative ways of converting savings into other tangible investments; customers in other Eurozone countries are independently creating a multi-country run on banks to divert to any continent but Europe; and stocks are probably being traded over to the Far East as I write. While smug UK politicos are congratulating each other for a confusing and illiberal measure which looks like raising open revolt from the media just to satisfy a guy who used to be in Four Weddings and his equally irresponsible and myopic ideologues.

The state is not any friend of yours or mine, it is the enemy. The state is an entity which says it cares about cost of living rises while simultaneously raising the cost of everything you buy with ridiculous over-regulation; an entity which claims it endorses free speech while passing laws to censor it; an entity which talks about austerity for its employers while blithely pissing your money down the drain on pet schemes. Indeed, even an entity which is appalling with your healthcare but still says it is brilliant because it tackles the chocolate orange.

I don’t know about you, but I hear the faint twang of piano wire.eQItcCA7hmU

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4 responses to “If State Control Is Success, What Does Failure Look Like?

  1. It is a total mess. And it is going to get worse – a lot worse (all over the world).

  2. The cyprus example is not unique, but only the necleus of a new expanding situation, what will unfold is thus, the state and state workers will become so rich, they will have total control over everything with resources to fund and effectively bribe the police, you will find increased breakdown of the middle class areas of society, increased poverty, with the state effectely holding a power base of lawless wealth, they will continue to become more totaliterian in attitude as they know they are able to get away with with it, we will see the emergence of a communist type of police force, and state run services, where anybody who tries to challenge authoritiy will be subjected to the most severe and harshest punishments, the rifle butt in the head mentality.People will be under thier total control with no mercy!

  3. I like those secret courts, secret courts with a file of falsified secret evidence,
    that suddenly gets shredded when the “Shit Hits The Fan”.

  4. Of course I just love these PSD and IPCC investigations, they arrest you lock you illegally, and then files disappear like “Whilly The Wisp” how in gods name does someone get held for over a month with 500 pages of evidence to prove it, then the files go missing and they deny you were ever there, I have the answer British Justice. insn,t that so, Jackson, Stanley, Harsh.