So, if I want to replace the windows or boiler in my house, under plans drawn up by the Department for Communities and Local Goverment on the watch of the low tax small government Cameron Conservatives, my local council would have the power to make me add new insulation or draught proofing before allowing me to do the work.
No matter what I determine to be my spending priority, the government would demand paperwork about the work being done in my home be submitted to them so they could scrutinise it and compel me to undertake actions I might not be able to afford. Could this be another example of civil service ‘gold plating’ of the diktat of our supreme government in Brussels? [Update: Witterings from Witney has more]
An army of civil servants would be poring over work dockets to decide what measures to impose on me in my own home, no doubt assembling information about my house that could be used to re-assess its value and make me liable to pay even more in Council Tax for ever poorer services. This is the Cameron Conservatives in action. They talk about low taxation and small government, then one of their departments comes up with this assault on privacy and individual freedom.
And if I can’t afford the additional measures, I would have to borrow the money (which I have already had ripped from my pay in the form of taxation) from the government and repay it through the already rising gas and electricity bills over a period up to 25 years. Naturally no one has thought to explain what happens if I move house in that time. Do I still make repayments for something I no longer benefit from while living in a new property – one that potentially will also see me compelled to take on even more debt to undertake measures over and above what I may need to do to that house, just to satisfy the demands of my public servants? Or will the cost have to be passed on to the people buying my house thereby reducing the likelihood of me being able to sell it in the first place – perhaps making it impossible for me to move for employment reasons thus undermining my career?
Either way, the net effect will be the same. More money will be forcibly taken from me on the orders of the political class. More government bureaucracy will service more intrusion in my life at more cost to me. More records will created about my house and my possessions stored on databases for government use resulting in more legislation that adds yet more cost to me.
A government that is truly accountable and answerable to the wishes of the people it serves would not get away with this. In fact they would not even put it on the table for consideration. What we have is just one more example of why we need to take back power from the political class and operate a system such as Referism.