This disease, which we shall call Endlessly-Advancing Bureaucreep (EAB), is the very cause of the euro-crisis
The UK government’s annual deficit – that’s the amount the government spends beyond its means – is proving intractable, not just because of the parlous state of the global economy, weighed down by the self-inflicted eurozone dream of a single currency – but because government everywhere is in an advanced and sclerotic state of bureaucratic creep.
This disease, which we shall call Endlessly-Advancing Bureaucreep (EAB), is the very cause of the euro-crisis. It’s a very serious disease indeed, comes in the dark in soft slippers and is often terminal. Needless to say, it’s the only real threat to our freedom and future, so of course it doesn’t have a government watchdog. EAB – recently identified by Spear’s leading technologists as a variant of Gadarene Swine Disease – is also alive and well in Bankrupt Britain, and it is the cause of the deficit that won’t go away.
Sitting at my trypewriter, minding my own business and paying my taxes, I forgot to turn off the dreadful BBC 24-hour PC-driven news. I heard in an hour no less than four new announcements of further governmental intrusion into the private lives of the nation, which are all going to cost more taxpayer millions, to set up Investigations and quangos and regulators and 'manage' the following:
• The FA – that’s the football hooligan lot
• Basketball funding – that’s 6.5-foot-plus wannabe millionaires
• Botox and cosmetology – that’s the ladies-that-lunch facelift brigade
• Containment of nursery numbers – say no more!
All announced in one hour by a gleeful PC-BBC! Then the PM proudly announced that Housing Benefit is now £23.0 billion pa as though it was a good thing, when it’s just a subsidy to the new Rachmanites. What the PM didn’t say is that his government’s borrowing this year will reach a staggering £180.0 billion – all as a result of EAB.
If someone wants to pay £25 million for a boot-brain, or a woman who wants her cleavage to look like footballs, or a guy who can’t play football but can bounce one and run three steps, or a proper lady who detests footballers and runs her own private day-centre for toddlers – that’s their affair, and nothing to do with government.
Everything the government touches is inefficient – everything. That was the essential truth of the absurdity of nationalisation, so nobly undone by Thatcher – but only as far as she went. Just look at what current government is so mismanaging at the present: the economy/deficit, printing money, rescuing failed banks, immigration, energy, airport capacity, defence of the countryside, examination results, hospital hygiene, train licences, MoD procurement, the criminal justice system, the divorce rules, the CSA – I could go on… and on and on. It’s enough to make you want to eat horse-meat.
And what do the voters say? 'The government should do something about it!'
So, we get more government and more inefficiency – instead of doing what is now so necessary: getting government completely out of everything that is not its business, starting with getting us out of the EU. This is another layer of EAB, which has stolen our fishing industry, just as it props up our heavily-subsidised farming industry, and now with wind-farms thrown in.
Now the EBA – the European Banking Authority and another example of EAB – has quietly taken over the FSA, now to be renamed the FCA – and all the City’s quarterly accounts must be sent to Brussels from 30 June. Why?