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Friday, 19 August 2011

We have a problem ...

Recently I've seen a number of news reports in which various factions have blamed the police for the rioting in London and elsewhere recently. Much is made of references by the police to the "civillian" population and clearly some are uncomfortable with that terminology, even though, in strictly pedantic terms, as every police "officer" carries the Queen's "Warrant" he or she is an "officer of the law" and not a "civilian" when carrying out their duties. They certainly do have an "image" problem, but we can hardly blame them for warning the victim of a robbery who dared to defend himself/herself from the robber, that they might face charges of assault if they pursue their complaint. The Police don't make the law, they are obliged to apply and enforce the laws made by the politicians and the interpretations handed down by our increasingly lunatic courts.

I know that blaming the police is not an answer here. The average officer is a decent person trying to do a job within the constraints of the mess the law has become. He is beset by political overseers, bureaucrats who think form filling equals accountability and let down repeatedly by a justice system run by “liberals” for a “liberal” ideology which needs to have “victims” to patronise and “enemies” to revile in order to maintain its legitimacy. In this the criminals have become the “victims” and the police the “enemy.” Why are we then surprised that the police are feeling alienated and behaving as an alienated group themselves?

There is a much deeper ailment eating away at our society. Over 60% of teenagers say they see no prospects for themselves or their generation in our current society. 49% say they do not believe in any “higher power” or in any form of religion. With numbers like that having no hope of improving their lot – in this life or another – and seeing themselves as forever excluded from the organs of power, wealth or the tools to achieve either, why are we surprised they fall back on believing they are “entitled” to welfare, housing and anything else they fancy?

The history of the last sixty years and the growth of this problem, from Attlee's bodged "welfare state" creation at the end of WW2 when he and his government squandered what remained of the nations wealth and the US Reconstruction loans on fantasies, Macmillan and Eden throwing open doors to ex-colonies (But NOT interestingly to the Dominions) and then Wilson and Callaghan giving the Unions the power to destroy industry and commerce, we see a common thread. A steady march toward a "Utopia" for the political classes in which they control the wealth and the distribution thereof to everyone else. And here it has to be said that the "political classes" include politicians, trade union bosses and the civil servants who are supposed to be apolitical... As the saying is; all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

There is massive corruption in Whitehall. The whole Civil Service operates on nepotism, patronage and networks. Contracts for vast amounts of tax money are awarded to contractors on the basis of their being on a list issued by the Treasury. The “Preferred Bidders” are selected on the basis of "buggins turn" where a single contractor is needed or the contract split between several in other cases. And the prices charged are loaded, because there is no one in the Civil Service hierarchy capable of actually writing a proper specification for what they are buying. They get away with this because they are able to argue that this system saves time on a "bidding process" which might take a year or more to settle.

Senior Civil Servants invariably retire to become “consultants,” lobby “advisers” or “Non-executive directors” of the companies on these lists – but nothing is done about this cosy relationship even though it is right there in everyone’s face. The same applies to our politicans. Lost your seat? Never mind, here’s a directorship for you … The same applies to the Union Bosses, who benefit from this cosy relationship as well, though usually by means of "safe" seats in that House of Corruption and then into a Boardroom ...

The political classes have, over the last sixty or so years, cut the average person off completely from the corridors of power or any meaningful avenues to wealth generation. The burden of the civil service alone on the taxpayer runs into billions – from experience of running a public fire service – 63% of the budget goes on salaries and wages – and more than 20% of the UK workforce is now directly or indirectly employed by the taxpayer. We no longer offer kids like those who rioted recently any form of apprenticship for a trade, because we’ve successfully killed off all skilled trades bar a handful. We’ve killed off our large industries and now have only niche industries which require highly skilled and possibly dedicated staff. Our commercial interests are now all focused on consumer supply and our merchant “fleet” and its partner the fishing “fleet” are no more.

Access to education is now controlled by faceless bureaucrats despite the much vaunted "choice" parents supposedly have. Those who can afford it, send their children to private schools, but Blair et al cut off access to "scholarship" children for the poorer members of society. Perhaps because that might move those children out of their control. Access to education and the control of what is taught, or perhaps "indoctrinated" is a better description, also means control of access to the better paid jobs, and so the cycle of control extends - and it all rests in the hands of a few politicians and bureaucrats, paid for by you.

We have a problem. A complex one. We have a large underclass with no hope and no prospects. And a bigger problem, our political class (which includes the civil service and the Union bosses) have no interest in addressing this – because their contnuing in power depends on maintaining this disaffected class on benefits …

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