Douglas Carswell waxes lyrical over the op-ed article by Charles Moore in today's Daily Telegraph, commenting that he believes Moore 'is on great form' - yet Carswell has reached the point where I believe that what he thinks no longer matters........
Moore's article is headed "Our leaders have lost faith in the powers of their people", to which statement one has to ask him just when, over the last few decades, did our political leaders show they ever did have faith in the powers of their people? The agenda of our political leaders has been nothing but one of dictating to those they are meant to represent and serve, regardless of what the people wanted.
Moore also writes that:
"This is why the Big Society notion floats rather aimlessly in the air. David Cameron is right that social bonds are best created by voluntary groups rather than the central state, but the concept lacks the underpinning of self-interest."
Cameron may well be right in his views about social bonds, but the problem is one that Moore does not acknowledge; namely that because of the policy of multiculturalism social bonding is negligible. As I have written previously multiculturalism does not promote social bonding, rather social exclusion from another's ethnic grouping. The ironic aspect of Cameron's Big Society with its promotion of social bonding is that it is the Islamic community that seems to be using it to its full potential.
On aspect of Moore's article and one that again he chooses to ignore comes here:
"They reflect the preoccupations of the elite rather than the aspirations of the multitude. Spending on overseas aid should not be “ring-fenced”; large subventions to the European Union, let alone assistance to the euro, should not be paid; outrageous levies on energy bills to pretend that windpower will save the planet should stop. Governments should not be prevented by international institutions and treaties from implementing policies designed for the people who elected them. “Human rights” and employment law should not make it impossible to sack people or punitively expensive to hire them."
The fact that Moore can write that the preoccupations of the elite outweigh the aspirations of the multitude only lends weight to my assertion that we do indeed live under the rule of democratised dictators. The greatest condemnation I have for Moore is that he too is unable to admit that governments should not be designing anything for the people who elect them - governments should be implementing that which the people desire!
Moore also writes that modern governments across the Western world seem to be frightened of the people they govern without apparently realising the reason why that is so. That there is a growing aversion to all that our present clutch of politcians exhibit cannot be beyond doubt. If politicians are becoming frightened of the people they have ruled, then it must be due to the fact they are becoming more aware of the punishment that most surely awaits them!