IS THE STATE ABOVE OR BELOW YOU?

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Peter Hitchens suggests today that the British State has become a spiteful and bureacratic tyranny. He’s right of course.

Our servant has turned into a tyrannical master… just ask Myleene Klass

Do you remember Neil Kinnock, when he was trying to persuade us that the Labour Party was all right really, saying that he wanted a state that was ‘beneath our feet, not above our heads’?

Poor old Neil failed to fool the voters – and I’m still glad to say that I helped him to fail. Then, like so many other anti-British socialists, he went off and threw in his lot with the European Superstate, which is certainly way above our heads. But even if he didn’t mean what he said, it’s a good phrase.

There was a time, not very long ago, when the British State was our servant and not our master. A lot of us still remember town or county halls that had small staffs on modest pay, who emptied the bins and swept the streets, mended the roads, and provided public libraries that were full of books we wanted to read, and schools that taught children how to read, write and count in orderly classrooms.

We also had small local police forces that knew their neighbourhoods and patrolled them on foot. They didn’t need CCTV or ASBOs. Despite having no computers, BlackBerries, or even mobile phones, these organisations were surprisingly efficient and comparatively cheap. And they were usually polite to us too.

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