I'll comment on the cuts later today, but they won't be enough. They won't be nearly enough. We need to cut about 10% of GDP, which, together with a rise in GDP as the economy recovers of say 5% will reduce Labour's criminal tax burden from 48% of GDP to 33%. And a great part of the difficulty in scaling back tax-funded services is the Socialist legacy of 'Can't do' that now pervades every aspect of our society. I alluded to this in the post below, but it has a serious point. You see these people, the Guardianistas, honestly believe that only 'trained' people can read Dryden, and recoil in horror at the idea that people like Elby should just pick a book up from a shelf and make up his own mind about what it 'means' without the benefit of State orthodoxy and sanctioned analysis. Both Henry VIII (in later years) and Bloody Mary had the same feelings about the Bible in English; to possess one was to buy a ticket to the faggot pile. The Guardianistas are the natural inheritors of the Inquisition and the Henrican terror networks, who would preserve such things to their own priestly caste lest heterodox opinion challenge their power.
A century ago Britain's working class were doing it for themselves. They had strong local networks based on kinship and communitarianism, they organised their own welfare with insurance and friendly and provident societies, they employed doctors and teachers. Books were expensive, and advanced learning rationed to the better off, but the publishers Dent launched a series of books called the 'Everyman Library', cloth bound, cheaply printed in DuoDecimo, that brought learning to the shelves of every cottage. For me, my old 'Everyman' books symbolise the brief flowering of endogenous British working class culture before the threat was challenged, and the flowering cut-off by the 1911 National Insurance Act and everything that followed that emasculated this class and pushed them into Welfare slavery. It was compulsory, top-down, 'Can't do' on a national scale.
We won't get down to 33% of GDP by allowing a few middle class housewives to run the village hall. We need to rediscover fundamentally the strength and self-sufficiency still buried deep in British men and women of all classes, and cultivate it as we have never grown anything before. Give us real tax breaks if we do it ourselves; if we employ our own policemen, cut our council tax. If we employ our own GPs and run the surgery, cut our income tax. If we run the primary school, cut our national Insurance. Not nationally, by a minute fraction of a percent, but locally, by tens of percent. The State will wither on the vine.