[Rant Mode On] Government Parasites

Government. I really want to like it. I just can't. I've come to the decision that modern government is a parasite that exists for its own purposes and does little or nothing to serve society any more. I see it like parasites that alter the behaviour of their host in order to serve the parasite, to the detriment of the host.

There are trematodes that make crabs easy prey for birds, fungi that make flies head for the windows, bugs that make ants climb grass stems to get eaten by birds, things that make slugs stay out in daylight. Many parasites subtly or grossly affect their hosts. Some are dramatic (rabies), others very subtle (toxoplasmosis). Modern 'big' Government is a subtle parasite with grossly damaging effects.

Here are my examples:

today, I was stopped by a rent-a-cop security guard who demanded to know the purpose of photographs I was taking of the building he guarded. It was a gym, and he was a moron who has no doubt read the furore about the new (idiotic) law on photography and police officers on anti-terrorist duty and come to a completely wrong conclusion.

government passed a law to make its own life easier, with no consideration of the effect on the host – our civic society, which has a right to know who is enforcing the law, and a freedom to photograph pretty well anything outside an MOD exclusion zone.

I have passed riot police in balaclavas with their badge covered by straps and slings. Britain now has, effectively, anonymous police officers who can inflict violent force on people who will be unable to identify them afterwards.

government relaxed laws on police identity to make their lives easier, but did not consider the host civic.

we have nearly 700 MPs, none of who really represent their constituency and all of whom really represent their party whips.

government simply forgot that it represented the people of the country, and put in a series of internal controls (the Whips) who make our politicians do their bidding

the number of MP's goes up, not down. Why? Because, I suggest, they are a self-preserving parasite that cares nothing for the cost they impose on us. Compare and contrast any private sector body where the introduction of modern working practices, IT and modern comms has resulted in leaner, more effective and more efficient management. Has our government become more efficient? No. It just recruited more parasites to its cause.

government passes laws to mask its own activities from the host – reminding me of the way in which malaria parasites change their coats to hide from the immune system…

the credit crunch was – wholly or partly – caused by governments that encouraged bubble like growth in revenues from the financial sector and credit fueled spending in order to drive up tax revenues to fund the birth and nurture of yet more government parasites. Now the crash has come, the parasite is busy sucking even more life out of its struggling host in a bizarre feast on carrion as it mortgages our children's earnings to support ill-thought-through expenditure and yet more expansion of the government parasite population.

I am sure you have more examples. Post them here.

Now, everyone, is it not time we innoculated ourselves against this infection, and got on with living a clean life, free of parasites?

3 thoughts on “[Rant Mode On] Government Parasites

  1. And I thought the difference between the UK and the US was that the government there is afraid of the people and here we are afraid of the government. Well we aren't afraid of our government here. We are a bit too much afraid of each other in the US. In myexperience the police have been rescuers and problem solvers and the more we have the better things are. We have a difficult child and who used to have terrible tantrums and we had to call the police. All the times we dealt with them, they were remarkable, understanding and quite capable of calming her down when we couldn't. Thankfully it was because of the wrong prescription medication the doctors gave her and this does not happen anymore.
    When we were robbed in St. Louis several times in one month, the police stayed with me and my kids a whole evening while we waited for a locksmith to open our stolen car that they found in a matter of minutes, joking with our kids and being generally wonderful to us.

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  2. “today, I was stopped by a PRIVATE SECTOR rent-a-cop security guard who demanded to know the purpose of photographs I was taking of the PRIVATE SECTOR building he guarded. It was a gym, and he was a PRIVATE SECTOR moron who has no doubt read the furore about the new (idiotic) law on photography and police officers on anti-terrorist duty and come to a completely wrong PRIVATE SECTOR conclusion. ”
    “the number of MP's goes up, not down. ” When? Compare to rate of population growth!
    “the credit crunch was – wholly or partly – caused by governments that encouraged bubble like growth in revenues from the financial sector and credit fueled spending in order to drive up tax revenues to fund the birth and nurture of yet more government parasites. ” Goodness now I know you are crazy! If anything goes wrong: blame the government. It weren't me guv, honest! Unless we all accept our role in the crash, we aint learnt a thing.
    “Now, everyone, is it not time we innoculated ourselves against this infection, and got on with living a clean life, free of parasites?”
    I'll pass that on to my wheelchair bound Mum, then.

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  3. 1 – stupid law, for stupid reasons, bound to be interpreted wrongly by anyone. Government should have thought it through.
    2 – Your point is well made: 1650's we had 460 MPs and 126 Peers for 4 to 5m people. We now have 1,599 MPs and Peer (including Scottish, Welsh and Irish Assemblies) for about 50 to 60m people. I make that a historic improvement from 1 member per 7,600 people to 1 member per 34,000 people, or an efficiency gain of about 5 times in 350 years. Given that most businesses achieve gains of about 2% to 10% per year and would have achieved improvement of a little over 1000x in the same time, I think my main point is valid. If you also realise that nearly 300 members have been “created” in my lifetime, you might also accept that the current Government is creating parasites at a rate faster than ever in history…
    3 – yes, this Labour Government did create a deliberate housing and credit bubble to fund its obscene increase in taxation as a percentage of GDP, and no, the crash was nothing to do with me and I have no responsibility for it. No mortgage for 15 years, no credit card debt, no loans. My kids, however, must pay for the Government screwing up. Oh, and they will have to pay the bloated pensions of the parasites this Government created.
    3 – hope your mum is well. I like the NHS (though not its prioirities nor its love of paperwork above care and nursing). I am sure that the NHS would rather we are free of parasitic infestations as well. And I mean that biologically, not sociologically.

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