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Continue the in-fighting, politicians, while we keep calm and carry on


THE problem with the referendum result is that the people who supported the losing side are the noisiest element of the UK. They object to the wishes of, by comparison, the silent majority.

A spin operation to rival those run by Peter Mandelson for New Labour is clearly under way, but this might be because Lord Mandelson is involved in one way or another. Certainly another prominent Blair spinner, former soft-porn writer Alastair Campbell, is elbow-deep in the campaign to reverse the clear result of the referendum and the wishes of millions.

The result of this campaign has been governmental paralysis, we are told. But is that actually a bad thing?

Certainly there has been a spike in the murder rate. This has been blamed on a reduction in the number of police and cuts to spending on constabularies. However, police numbers do not force criminals on to the straight and narrow. Instead there has been a widespread cultural acceptance of an increased level of criminality. This is epitomised by the promotion of criminal activity by some popular music acts and genres. The lowering of the barriers to entry into the music business due to the internet, popular taste, and affordable computer music technology has resulted in a proliferation of tracks. Some of these are successfully promoted on YouTube with videos of varying quality which can now be created using the low-cost and free software available for even the cheapest mobile telephone. The refusal of sections of the populace to consent to being policed was evident in the 2011 riots that were triggered by the legitimate shooting of an armed criminal on the way to commit a murder.

The real cause of the spike in the murder rate is the reluctance of the state to imprison criminals. Put simply, if a criminal is in prison, he (or she) cannot commit crimes against the public in the way that he (or she) could if given a non-custodial sentence. The reluctance to imprison, and the eagerness to release the convicted after serving a fraction of their sentence, is due to the unwillingness of the state to build more prisons. An increase in the scale of incarceration would be politically sensitive, especially if disproportionate sections of the populace were placed behind bars. The problem is not a police shortage, but the criminal justice system and cowardly politicians.

But this is a digression. The government is paralysed, we are told. Policy is not being generated, let alone implemented, with notable exceptions such as the banning of low-level letterboxes on front doors to save the spines of postal workers. What has been the consequence?

The British economy is doing rather well, despite Brexit Employment is up, growth levels are beating the eurozone and there has been an increase in inward investment because international firms see the UK as the best place in Europe to do business. Combining hard and soft power, the UK is the most powerful country in the world. London remains by population the sixth-largest French city, even after the UK voted to Leave. There have been no reports of a mass exodus by the French in recent months. Government borrowing is dipping. Real wages are rising. The only gloom is in the media.

Lies have been told about why some Japanese car firms are scaling back production. This has development nothing to do with Brexit. The car industry is in a state of flux because the internal combustion engine appears to be on its way out. This has not been helped by the exposure of the international scamming of diesel pollution levels by numerous manufacturers. Other Japanese car manufacturers are increasing investment in the UK using new technology.

What seems to have happened, if the stories of governmental paralysis are to be believed, is that the state has been getting out of the way of ordinary people and businesses as Brexit forces it to gaze at its own navel.

This would seem to validate a main plank of Ayn Rand’s assertion that people do best when there is small government. Brexit is our John Galt, but without the destruction and chaos in Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged which preceded Galt’s rise. Of course our government is rather huge, but it also seems rather preoccupied. And while it is, the country is prospering.

Naysayers point out that the UK economy would be doing even better had it not been for the vote to Leave. However it has to be borne in mind that these same naysayers also told us that the very act of voting to Leave the EU would bring disaster. Perhaps they can explain why they have been so wrong up to now, instead of making new assertions that appear equally ridiculous. We have had enough of ‘people from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong’.

So perhaps the best way forward is for Whitehall and Westminster to continue the endless infighting, debates, votes and open-air interviews amidst a sea of the 21st-century equivalent of hammer-and-sickle flags and vacuous shouted slogans, while the rest of us outside this new island of self-imposed anguish get on with our lives and continue to add value and create wealth without the hindrance of a now permanently-distracted state. It does seem to be working quite well so far . . .

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Paul T Horgan
Paul T Horgan
Paul T Horgan worked in the IT Sector. He lives in Berkshire.

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