We do not often talk of a political covenant between the government and the governed yet there is one. Largely unwritten it defines the relationship between them and us, what is generally expected of each in return for acquiesce. John Locke originally wrote of a social contract between the governed and the government, yet we can look further back still to our Saxon forebears such as Alfred the Great who wrote, when reflecting on his life: ‘It has always been my desire to live honourably and to leave to my descendants my memory in good works, for each according to the measure of his or her intelligence must speak what can be spoken and do what can be done.’.
So what can we then expect from each? That the people are peaceable, humane, law abiding, honest, hard-working and ‘public spirited’. Imagine a society where any of these fundamentals is missing. And that the government protects the safety, security and well-being of the people, respects their rights to life, liberty and the enjoyment of their property in its various forms. Imagine a society where any of these fundamentals is missing. We could also reasonably expect that the government intrudes the least into our lives and hopefully facilitates an environment where people can prosper materially and perhaps in more philosophical ways as well including their enjoyment of more ethereal or nebulous things. We could add here that the government protects and advances the best aspects of our society or heritage including democratic principles, transparency and accountability.
Yet we have growing evidence that successive governments of all the main parties have failed to keep their side of this bargain. Typically we can see how, through increasing national indebtedness (the National Debt) they have robbed future generations. They have allowed, or even encouraged, uncontrolled immigration to wreak havoc with social cohesion and change communities beyond recognition. Then there is the running down the armed forces, the police forces (now renamed services), border agency, and prison service. Then there is the increasing tax burden, set to increase further over the next few years. And there is the National Health Service struggling, if not regularly in actual crisis. Behind the scenes there is the country’s poor productivity improvement performance meaning we are becoming less able to pay our way in the world. Under their watch, bobbies on bicycles two by two have been replaced by Robocops equipped for a war zone, whilst the security services’ current ‘watch list’ has grown to a publicly acknowledged 3000 with a further 20000 having come to their attention. What will things be like in one year’s time or five years or ten years? Yet there is an assumption amongst the political class that the British people can absorb anything that they impose upon us. We live in a time when serious problems are getting worse whilst ‘the can is repeatedly kicked down the road’.
It is the tyranny of the political establishment aided by their fellow travelers in the main stream media. They refuse to discuss major changes to our society they have caused and the resulting problems which we see affecting our everyday lives. Instead, we have been serially deceived, manipulated, robbed of our innocence, peace and property, and denied democratic accountability, and had major life changing, even life threatening problems thrust upon us, without consultation and even less without our consent. They have a track record of not thinking through and assessing the potentially adverse consequence of their policies. Also they do not even consider the costs or problems they are creating or the practicalities of resourcing solutions. Political change is essential because the political establishment is part of the problem and in denial. Yet what really will work?
Following careful analysis, any solution proposed for any serious problem (created or exacerbated by the political class) needs to require low, or better still zero, resource. Money cannot be spent in two places (or a person be in two places at once) and so using low resource(and low cost) solutions means that more can be achieved across many serious problems. It also forces us to be realistic, innovative and look outside various vogue straightjackets such as paranoid political correctness,weird concepts of ‘fairness’, ‘ill-judged human rights’,one-sided international obligations or pandering to uncooperative special interests. If you can’t do something because you recognise that it is costly or resource intensive, you have to look elsewhere for a permanent solution. And better still that low resource solution is likely to achieve much better and quicker results though naturally we must not lose sight of our humanity in the process. It also sorts out the ideological havoc creating ‘sheep’ (whose dreams/nightmares don’t include resourcing) from the realistic empirical ‘goats’ (who learn quickly how to improve their results). But, how can we bring this essential political change about in the face of a stitch-up by the main parties and media?
‘Just say No’ and mean it! The political class increasingly need us to evolve from being consumers of the somewhat inferior and overpriced ‘products’ or services on offer from them to being genuine collaborative partners in the delivery of better and cheaper results. The political class and media can only carry on their business as usual mantras in the face of a passive population but not with a politically activist and informed one. As of today, they can only offer a left-liberal version of Dante’s Inferno whilst we want our homeland to be once again,(in William Shakespeare’s words) a ‘Sceptred Isle’.
The political class and left-liberal establishment including the media have weaknesses. In particular through holding an unchallenged monopoly they have generally low competence in essential skills. This tends to be masked in the absence of genuine competition. The opportunity is there to take them on, through being analytical, quick learners, increasingly competent, fast moving and well organised. It isn’t rocket science especially when it is breaking through to the increasingly deep well of popular discontent and showing ordinary people that their efforts really can make a difference. King Alfred’s words (quoted above) are perhaps even more relevant today.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,–
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
William Shakespeare, “King Richard II”, Act 2 scene 1