Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Another international report

Hot on the heels of the Privacy International report, that designated Britain as an Endemic Surveillance Society, comes another devastating indictment of the NuLabour clusterfuck.
Britain has slipped out of the ranks of fully "free" countries in this year's Heritage Index of Economic Freedom, reflecting the sharp rise in the tax burden and ballooning state sector.

The country has continued to slide down the league under Gordon Brown's economic management, falling from fifth to tenth place over the last two years. It has been overtaken by Canada, Chile, Switzerland, Australia, and the United States.

Britain now scores below 80 points on a range of key indicators, dropping into the "mostly free" camp with Germany, Japan, Bahrain, Armenia and Trinidad.
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The ever harsher verdict on Britain comes as Mr Brown's tax and spend policies begin to reshape the basic structure of the UK plc, transforming it from one of Europe's leanest fiscal states to one of the most bloated.

"Total government expenditures, including consumption and transfer payments, are very high. Government spending has been rising since the 1990s and in the most recent year equaled 44.7 percent of GDP," said the UK country report.
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The index is complied by the Heritage Foundation, a free market think tank that once served as the brain-trust of the Reagan Administration.

It defines economic freedom as "the absence of constraint on the production, distribution or consumption of goods and services beyond the extent necessary for citizens to protect and maintain liberty itself".

So, both socially and economically, we are significantly less free than we were even a mere ten years ago. The One-Eyed Gobblin' King says that we should judge him on his past record: you know, I am happy to do that. Now can we hang the fuck?

By the way, let us remind ourselves that this goverment were elected by 21.6% of the electorate, to whom I would like to address this question: what the FUCK were you thinking, you fucking morons?

18 comments:

Roger Thornhill said...

21.6% were likely in the:

a) Socialists and all their vile spawn.
b) Statists
c) Bored with the Conservatives
d) Me nan votes 'em.
e) Namby-pamby probation officers, keg bitter...

It is a tyranny of the minority.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Most vital statistic at this troubled time.

Ed said...

Remember that 20% of the workforce is employed by the State.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ed, if you include parastatals (all the govt funded charities, quangoes, consultants etc) it's more like one-in-four is employed by the State.

Re the 21.6%, what puzzles me is that in opinion polls, Labour support is steady at 33% plus. Does nobody read the newspapers any more? As awful as the Tories may be, they are angels compared to the current lot.

Ed said...

Mark, people don't like admitting in public that they support the Tories.

vervet said...

DK: "By the way, let us remind ourselves that this goverment were elected by 21.6% of the electorate, to whom I would like to address this question: what the FUCK were you thinking, you fucking morons?"

That's a bit harsh, even for you DK. You must remember the big white toothed Blair grin that accompanied the 'brave new world', brit-pop, "things can only get better", NEW labour wonderfulness that was spun to us back in 1995-1997 ...... they claimed to be so fucking wonderful that it's surprising that they didn't take 91.6% of the vote - you should not be that harsh on those that fell for the hype back then.

No - you must reserve all of your most potent venom for the total and utter cunts that still support them (please tell me it is not really 30% ?), having experienced 10+years of total incompetence, duplicitousness and criminal behaviour that has fucked-up this country beyond recovery.

Anybody casting a vote for any new labour candidate should be hung for treason (after first being disembowelled, naturally).

vervet said...

Oh, and just to be clear, I have never voted for new labour.

Needed to clear that one up !

Max Van Horn said...

The biggest worry is that the state sector employees reach critical mass, and a vote for NuLabour is a vote for their own job !

Kay Tie said...

"what the FUCK were you thinking, you fucking morons?"

Anyone who is a HIP inspector wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is an outreach worker wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a diversity coordinator wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a community leader wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is an improvement officer wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a financial inclusion officer wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a cultural development and strategy manager wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a teenage pregnancy coordinator wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a partnership delivery manager wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a study support and learning outside the classroom coordinator wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a community partnerships officer wants New Labour in power. Anyone who is a.. hell, I can't be bothered to cut-and-paste any more. See jobs.guardian.co.uk for more.

Roger Thornhill said...

See jobs.guardian.co.uk for more.

Thats one gravy train headed for the siding when the Libertarians get into office.

Anonymous said...

DK, most of the population don't think when they vote. That's why safe seats exist; they're chock-full of muppets who cannot even conceive of the notion of not voting Labour.

The sooner votes have a very basic intelligence test attached to them which must be passed before the vote is counted, the better.

The Nameless One said...

It is startling to see how far Nu Labour have managed to flush this country down the shitter. They should be polling at about -1% of the electorate had any fucking sense.

anthonynorth said...

State sector workers, combined with those on benefits, already pass critical mass. This government may be harder to shift than you think.
And even if we do get rid of them, the Tories will only do it by continuing the NuLabour package. It's time to think seriously about campaigning for a new form of Parliament - with independents.

ENGLISHMAN said...

21.6%? so at what percentage does it become illegal,since only one in five voted for them?

redandwhite said...

At this rate, my second home of Thailand will be overtaking the UK soon.
http://farleftwatch.wordpress.com/

Devil's Kitchen said...

Vervet,

By "this government", I mean the one that was voted into power at the last election, i.e. 2005.

By which time, we'd had quite enough of NuLabour fuck=ups, thank you very much.

DK

thud said...

I thought the previous govt a bunch of twats too...I was hoping that the cons party would learn whilst in opposition what it takes to be a real cons party...I still dont think they have..so what do I vote now...probably cons..but reluctantly.

Jones said...

Louis MacNiece had the answer as far back as the 1930's. The unthinking masses only want what's comforting, and not to face reality. These are the people who voted New Labour into office three times. These are the ones who believed the fairy tales spun to them of easy 'equality', socialism being viable, and global warming being true.

I'm sorry for you poor buggers still left in the UK, but you're well and truly stuffed;

"The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall forever, but if you break the bloody glass, you won't hold up the weather."