Yes, I’m still here and now looking to get back into the swing of things with this essay…
The news yesterday that Cameron’s little Lib Dem helper, Nick Clegg, was floating the idea of a new wealth tax had me gritting my teeth in frustration. Not because I am wealthy, I’m not. In that sense I’ve no skin in the game. But because of what this latest assault on people’s wealth represents.
The problem – and major issue to be tackled – is the State’s presumption that it can simply help itself and just take money from people for no reason other than they have it, whenever it suits.
On the radio this morning the talking heads were at it again, offering views that some people in this country have too much and therefore the State should take some of that wealth from them.
The cheerleaders for this mindset and agitators for this behaviour are those left wing authoritarians who covet what others have without making any effort to achieve it for themselves, and who all too often depend like parasites on the public purse to fund their non jobs and activism.
When they say some people have too much money what they are saying is that in their selfish opinion those people have been too succesful. The logical conclusion, that more should be done to ensure more people have the opportunity to be successful and savour the rewards for their hard work – something that should attract congratulation – is rejected in favour of the dumb mantra that ‘It isn’t “fair”‘ and attendant idiocy of levelling downwards. And these deranged idiots actually feel morally superior as a result.
When this money is eventually stolen via this state sanctioned theft, it is spent as seen fit by a small cabal of politicians and The end result is always the same. The poor stay poor, wealth is stripped from people simply because they have some, and the money is frittered away on subsidy junkies, fasionable wheezes and pet initatives that somehow rarely if ever deliver value for the people as a whole, without any reference back to the people whose money it is. That is why we end up with such perverse outcomes as the billions being wasted on ineffective wind turbines and lavish and unrealistic feed in tariffs, the hundreds of millions given away on effectively subsidising the Indian space programme, the disgrace of other ringfenced overseas aid funds that are routinely plundered by corrupt officials – while at the same time many thousands of Britons in genuine need go without supposedly the unaffordable assistance to feed themselves, enjoy resdiential care in old age, heat their homes or receive a meaningful state pension.
Some people might think it is overblown hyperbole to describe this state of affairs as evil, but that is the reality. This kleptomanic behaviour and the mindset behind it that is articulated by the rent seekers in all three main parties, condemn millions of people to reliance on the State for a subsistence life. It is a major problem that is to the detriment of both the poor, the so called squeezed middle and the wealthy.
The solution is to put a brake on the State’s capacity to help itself to our money at will. The State is entirely unaccountable to taxpayers and has inverted the relationship between government and people. Instead of serving us and acting as stewards trusted to take only what is required to deliver the essential services required by the public, we have become the property of the State where we are used to serve the narrow interests of the establishment.
What is required is a dramatic correction. The people need to take back power to gain control. That will not be achieved through the political parties, they have long pledged to serve our interests but the outcome has always been a further erosion of people power and dismantling of what passed for democratic structures. What is needed is the framing of a charter of demands, that are constructive and positive and when delivered will result in proper people power. What is needed is more people to think about this and discuss this and contribute to a way forward…