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


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.

That, until recently, was the British State; modest, effective, small and our servant. A history should be written of how and why it became our master as it has done. We see the change in the smallest things. Instead of collecting our rubbish, a task it is amazingly bad at, it monitors our bins and fines us for putting the wrong things in them.

Your local council, which couldn’t clear the pavements of snow and ice even in town centres, will no doubt employ a small battalion of climate-change compliance officers. And any of you who tried to contact the authorities for help in the recent cold weather will probably have found – as I usually do – that it takes fierce persistence to get anyone to admit responsibility for anything.

The police are just a vast nationalised industry serving the liberal establishment. I really wouldn’t mind about the officers caught sledding down a snowy hillside while on duty – it’s a sign they’re human – if it weren’t for the fact that they did so on riot shields, equipment a constable in this country ought never to need, and wouldn’t need if it weren’t for the long, slow breakdown in order caused by Left-wing social policies.

The only thing that surprises me about their treatment of Myleene Klass – rebuked for waving a knife at some intruders – is that anyone was surprised, or that Miss Klass was fool enough to tell them she had done this.

Are there still people who don’t grasp that the police are much more excited about hanging on to their monopoly of force than they are about defeating crime and disorder?

If an ancient, famous, contented and free country were to turn, slowly but definitely, into a spiteful, bureaucratic tyranny, isn’t this exactly how it would happen?

We are not becoming a police state, we have arrived at that point already, which must be quite obvious to anyone with eyes and ears. He’s right also that until very recently it wasn’t this way at all. As the rule of law and civilisation recede, the easier it will be to delude the welfare-dependent masses that it was ever thus, that their foreign-ruled and now strange country has always been like this.

Our fight is against time as much as it is against the genuinely wicked who have destroyed what was once a society known for its gentility and politeness. The sooner we recognise and accept what has been done against us, the sooner we can reclaim and rebuild our nation.

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  1. Pete, the Myleene Klass story has been incorrectly reported. Myleene herself did not report what happened but her ex-agent did I believe. Hertfordshire police have strenuously denied the reported story about officers warning her that she could be arrested.

    Of course, Myleene Klass’s new show started on Friday didnt it. Good publicity!

  2. thespecialone –

    Myleene herself did not report what happened but her ex-agent did I believe.

    Reported what to whom? To the police that intruders were about to break into her home? Or the episode to the press afterward?

    It seems to me there is no doubt the incident happened as was widely reported and that the Herts Constabulary made a pretty poor attempt at muddying the waters after they’d been rightly exposed.

  3. Peter,

    Sadly, I think you are absolutely correct in your analysis of the way we are heading. But how do we reverse it?

    I want to believe in Cameron and his pals but common sense tells me that Blue Labour will be just as bad. The leftist rot that his permeated our establishments since the 1960s will take more than an election victory to eradicate.

    Answers on a postcard please?

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