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If it worked before, why change it?

Our correspondent writes ...

When Blair and the Labour Party came to power in 1997 all we heard was how things were going to change. And change they did! Labour became New Labour; socialist policies became quasi-capitalist policies; democratic government became autocratic government; freedom of speech became an arrestable offence and our island fortress became an undefended paradise for invaders.

Crime levels soared as the police presence on the streets became less visible while, at the same time, the yob presence on the streets became far more noticeable. Despite the enforcement problems, new laws were introduced at the rate of almost one a day (3,000 in ten years) - many of which were totally unenforceable. But then we found we had a whole new raft of enforcers - traffic wardens, litter wardens, etcetera, etcetera.

Local authorities were given new powers to punish us with fixed penalties for innocuous infringements of the new laws. The jobsworths in town halls and civic centres did what they always do best. They built huge empires employing hundreds of half-wits as covert policemen waiting for us to drop sweet papers, light a fag in the wrong place, or sell a pint to a youth who looked 19 but was actually three days short of his 18th birthday. Health and safety laws were strengthened to remove the potential risks of skipping in the playground or dancing in a church hall without a non-slip mat.

Closed circuit television cameras were installed on every corner and spread like creeping ivy. We could no longer go anywhere without being spotted and recorded dozens of times a day.

The new laws were clearly designed to ensure that the state controlled our lives - we could no longer make decisions without first checking that our actions didn't infringe some new law or other; we could no longer think for ourselves. The nanny state was here: the communist philosophy was here. And no wonder. The cabinet had known commies in its midst. One way or another, we were all being treated like criminals because we would surely infringe some minor regulation at some stage, perhaps by putting some rubbish in the wrong bin. (If you really want to know how bad it is, I can thoroughly recommend Henry Porter's article in The Observer in June 2006.)

So, you might ask, who could be so insane that their principle self-appointed purpose in life was to interfere with almost every aspect of our lives? Well your answer lies in a large old building lying on the north bank of the River Thames - The London Lunatic Asylum, also known as the Palace of Westminster. You only have to study the toadies who are appointed to the cabinet to realise they are mostly cretins who should never have any position of authority, and probably would not have in a real world. So their only way to make a mark, even if it is actually more of a blemish, is to change everything.

Worryingly, the same words are now being used by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats - Change! Change! Change! It must be some sort of fixation they all have. Yet if each of us looked back at our own lives, we would probably find a period that we considered to be better than it is now. A period when things actually worked reasonably well without too much interference from politicians.

There's an old adage that says, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and I can never understand why politicians can't adopt the same philosophy. Yes, certain things have to be changed to keep pace with modern developments but on the whole there is no need to make changes merely for change's sake. But change has certainly happened under New Labour. Big time! And things are now so bad we really do need major changes.

We need to learn from history. We need to look back to see what worked and what didn't. We need a government who will listen to people's concerns and see how improvements can best be achieved. Their first task will be to repeal the vast majority of the new laws New Labour have introduced while at the same time ensuring that crooks who have MP behind their name are made accountable for their actions and are punished appropriately. Corrupt bureaucrats must be tracked down and punished; civil servants with non-jobs must be chucked out to save money.

So ... who is brave enough to do all this?

Regrettably, none of them are. They're all as bad as each other.

Visitors' Comments

Ex-Bootneck, North Wales writes:

If you look up the Bill of Rights Act 1689 you will find that we have been lied to by our so called MPs. They have committed an act of treason every time they sign any document that ties us the EU. Please look up Albert Burgess or Brian Gerrish.

"Many men stumble across the truth ... but most manage to pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened."

Winston S Churchill

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