Is Government Overwhelmed?

I think that it is, and I think that it is overwhelmed because it made it so.

Cameron and Clegg, almost five years ago, said that they would have ‘a bonfire of the quangos’, but they have not. Instead, such quangos have proliferated more and more. The demands of the EU ensure that it is so.

Compare that situation with the situation in Denmark. Denmark decided not to forbid the supply and purchase of snus. Note well, that it is ‘the supply and purchase’ which is the important thing. The EU is very careful not to ban ‘the use of’. The ‘use of’ is not a ‘choke point’ – the supply and purchase is a choke point. It seems that the EU Commission intends to fine Denmark for daring to disobey instructions.

Is the Government of Denmark quaking in its boots because of this threat? I doubt it. Greece was supposedly ‘fined’ millions of euros for something to do with olive oil. Did Greece ever pay that fine? I doubt it. The whole idea of the EU Commission ‘fining’ an independent nation is a joke – aka, propaganda.

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But I think that ‘Government’ is indeed overwhelmed. It has, itself, over the years, created such a complex mess that it, itself, no longer understands it. When I say’Government’, I do not only mean politicians. I mean the civil servant hierarchy. Politician have had no idea what is happening for decades. They are of no importance. Once Government loses control (is overwhelmed), the likes of tobacco control can sneak in under the radar. In fact, the ‘radar’ does not exist since it has been done away with. That ‘radar’ used to detect incoming doodle-bugs  which were intent upon blasting bits out of our free and tolerant society. Now, without the radar, the doodle-bugs get through without let. Not only that, but the confusion has produced a situation where many people welcome the doodle-bugs. (I suppose because they never hit them personally)

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Is there any answer to this problem? Well,  yes there is. But the neglect of the ‘better sort’ will make it more difficult than is necessary.

Here is my Plan A:

1. There is no need for political posturing about the EU. Do a Denmark and simply ignore EU blandishments.

2. Make a simple law or regulation which demands that uni student payments should be used for no other purpose than their tuition.

3. Stop paying subscriptions to those parts of the UN, WHO, IPCC, EU, Foreign Aid, etc, which involve any sort of propaganda. Contribute ONLY to REAL science (excluding, obviously, any sort of ‘counting’ blather – aka epidemiology).

4. Demand that all ‘proofs’ should be based upon FACTS and not projections. ‘Projections’ are superstitions.

5. Repeal Smoking Bans and permit publicans to decide what is best for their businesses.

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There are many more, but, essentially, the idea is that Government divests itself of responsibility for ‘outcomes’ over which it has little control, which includes lifestyle choices. It really is that simple. For example, there is a huge ‘industry’ which has sprung up around ‘obesity’ with lots of snake-oil remedies, much encouraged by ‘snake-oil’ academics and such. What is the reality? Is it not EXTREMELY SIMPLE? DO NOT EAT SO MUCH FOOD!  It has little to do with the food industry or the sugar industry – it is all about self-discipline.

Why is it that politicians cannot see that simple truth? The only REAL way in which obesity can be reduced is by honest persuasion (note the need for honesty). Advertising tricks have no place in public health. Honesty is fundamental. Who encouraged and permitted these dishonest advertising tricks?

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We can see from the above how easily Government can be overwhelmed by masses of detail, which it itself creates as a result of accepting bad advice from EXPERTS. Experts love to complicate things (viz: obesity).

It would be easy for any Government (in this case I mean politicians) to divest themselves of responsibility by the simple expedient of side-lining EXPERTS. The Sec of State for the environment did just that. Would that the Sec of State for health would do likewise!

 

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5 Responses to “Is Government Overwhelmed?”

  1. The Blocked Dwarf Says:

    “Is it not EXTREMELY SIMPLE? DO NOT EAT SO MUCH FOOD!”

    It is indeed simples but there are complicating factors -ie what, for any given person, constitutes ‘too much’? I wrote this blog article about The Bestes Frau In The Whole Wide World
    http://hainhausen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/thank-you-with-apologies-to-alanis.html

    and I think it illustrates my point. She wasn’t overeating in any normal sense of the word. But being on certain three-cyclista druggy thingys means that the bar to ‘over eating’ is much much lower-so low infact that a daily intake of around 800 calories seems to be too much.

    • junican Says:

      A handsome woman, if I may say so, BD.
      Indeed, for any given person, averages are meaningless. I think that the obese get that way because they will not stop eating lots and lots day after day after day. Public Health is not the slightest bit interested in you or I – it is only interested in numbers. That’s why it is totalitarian and fascist.

  2. garyk30 Says:

    “It ia all for your own good” reminds me of this:

    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience.

    “Please do not do any more good in my country,” he said. “We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done.”

    • The Blocked Dwarf Says:

      or as I was taught to pray: “Lord keep me safe from my friends and let me not fall into the hands of those who wish me only well. Mine own enemies and those who mean me harm I can deal with myself, ta very much”.

  3. garyk30 Says:

    One of America’s more regarded Presidents had this to say:

    “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

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