Monday, 7 June 2010

'Cuts will change British way of life'

Cameron's warning that the forthcoming cuts, the first swingeing tranche of which will come with the emergency budget in a couple of weeks, will 'change the British way of life' is being widely interpreted this morning as something bad, something undesirable, as though dependence on the Leviathan State were a good thing that will be missed.

For my part, I sincerely hope the cuts will change our present way of life. The vertical ties to the State have displaced for most of us the horizontal ties to family, community and intermediate institutions. We have been sold a pup, conned, duped and misled into believing this a somehow more superior model. We have given up tapping the natural spring that rises in our own garden in favour of daily deliveries of bottled water from the government truck. Labour's warnings, that without the State water truck we will all die of thirst, are specious; our own spring remains, dormant and a little overgrown, but able to provide still a source of water that makes us independent of the State.

All of us in one way or another have suckled at the State's teat. Not only as Welfare recipients or employees, but as consultants to whom billions each year are paid, as suppliers of goods or services, as constructors and and manufacturers. There will be few of you who don't owe part of your turnover to the tax pot. It's not just the Healthy Walking Co-ordinators that will be hit by the cuts, but the exemplar capitalist hi-tech unit on the University science park making sophisticated medical equipment, with half its sales being to the NHS.

With much reduced public expenditure on construction, my own sector will compete for scarcer work and inefficiencies will be driven out, firms will merge and the luxuries at the margin will disappear.

Labour presided over a giant Ponzi scheme in which they deluded themselves that the public sector was the economy. Hence their belief that reducing tax is to take money out of the economy, rather than to leave it in. Like all Ponzi schemes, it was doomed to failure. So we must export more, become more competitive, look for new domestic business opportunities and, importantly, as more and more decisions about public expenditure will be made locally rather than in Whitehall, we must rediscover that overgrown spring.


Anonymous said...

I just love your "spring" analogy - it works! For me though, I fear that all of this is just too late. All I see is my hard work going up in smoke (smoke = taxes) and it just isn't worth the effort any more. Work is too hard when compared to the tax take, the rewards are too little and income taxes are just too punitive. I am in severe danger of becoming one od the "economically inactive" people that Zanu liked to refer to. Don't worry, I'm in need of state aid. I just want to drop out.

Coney Island

Quiet_Man said...

It would be nice if it changed the "something for nothing the state will provide" way of life prevalent in parts of the UK.

Budgie said...

The NHS is already threatening to reduce operations and treatments. This is the standard response of bureaucrats everywhere - cut actual services rather than the bloated bureaucracy itself.

In the bureaucrat's mind he is running the NHS, whilst the doctors, surgeons and nurses are mere technicians. The question has to be asked - what are these managers, and particularly the PCTs, for?

Anonymous said...

Good comment.
The country yearns for a return to plain speaking, the feral vermin like city foxes, have overrun our country.
We need a giant cull, an end to BS jobs and an end to the bureaucratic entitlement complex; the perks and their superiority attitude, "we know what's good for you" (but naturally never applying such rules to themselves) hypocrisy, so New labour.
Good riddance to bad socialist dogma.
If it means a financial reality check then so be it, a little less consumerism madness (ie less personal debt) would not be a bad thing (what about aid to encourage savers?)......(alack!) even now a Bank has started advertising loans...we don't want a return to that bubble but addicts can never really quit - can they?
And at the end Cameron......
Logical progression = out of the EU.

Young Mr. Brown said...

Great post, sir.

Over the past dozen years I have lived in a community where dependency is a way of life. Most people seem to want grants and handouts for every community project. People want everything to be subsidised for them, or (even better) handed to them on a plate. And if the project has no real value, it doesn't matter, because 'government money' grows on trees. I have, as a result, been utterly horrified by the mindset the leviathan paternalistic state has created.

As far as I'm concerned, the cuts cannot come soon enough or be deep enough.

Bill Quango MP said...

I am likely to be badly hit, possibly wiped out by the cuts.
But we all know it is necessary. The whole thing goes Greek otherwise.