Even though government-speak has turned British taxpayers into ‘customers’, we’re hardly ever being served. Councils charge us for bins, for services we think we’re paying through-the-nose for in Council Tax. It’s more like we’re in the servitude of our political masters, bankrolling their expenses, jollies and lavish salaries.
Yes, that is pretty much what is happening: but the idea that we are customers is, in fact, correct in this day and age. We are customers in a Soviet style state: froth and crap we can have any amount of choice in, but the essential services? Well, that's another matter.
Sure, we are the customer but for far too many areas of our lives there is effectively only one shop and it's state-run: the state decides what education, health or hygiene services one can have. And you can't have them at your convenience, but at the shopkeeper's.
So, maybe we are less a customer and more a supplicant; although, unlike most beggars, we are forced to pay a set rate for our services and are unable to shop around.
With all the talk about preserving British liberties, from the debate over 42 days detention to David Davis’s forced by-election, we have witnessed a stark contrast, the two Britains of today. The law abiding face a lifetime of surveillance from a state that distrusts them, even so much as to have a say on the
EU ConstitutionLisbon Treaty, and turns normal behaviour into criminal activity. Those who pose a deeper, larger threat to the public and nation, however, are set free, given police protection and allowed to keep any state ‘benefits’ they may have been on beforehand. It’s a sharp contrast that should leave a bitter taste in the mouths of British taxpayers up and down the country. How did it all come to this?
I blame the politicians' willingness to offer bribes, paid for by extortion with menaces, to the electorate and the people's willingness to accept their own money in said bribes.
After all, despite the fact that Brown and NuLabour are incompetent, wasteful and corrupt, 26% of the moronic population of this country would still vote for them.
In short, I blame our democracy.