Saturday, 30 July 2011

Moore or less

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!


Anonymous said...

Trouble is, when these "volunteer" groups get access to "authority" they turn into little Jobsworth Hitlers and rather then dispell misery, cause it.

PeterCharles said...

Indeed Anon you are correct and by its very nature this attempt to create government sponsored (don't for one minute think they will be autonomous) 'charities' will be highly bureaucratic both in control and implementation. And as study after study has shown, bureaucracies always devolve to placing the interests of the bureaucracy above the interests of the mission, usually within two managerial generations, this is the fundamental reason why government service provision is so incompetent.

Cameron's 'brilliant' idea is really nothing more than than the social liberal ideology that spawned the likes of Cadbury; the workers have responsibility to be good, practising Christians, to be abstemious of alcohol, to keep their person and property clean and tidy, to pursue education and learning, to live righteously, to be an active part of the community (that's the work end, by the way) and regularly engage in manly outdoor exercise and sport. And if you don't like living the way we tell you then you can bugger off and good riddance to boot.

Moore's comments on the politicians' fixation with the preoccupations of the elite rather than the aspirations of the multitude are absolutely correct, of course, as all here keep repeating. Where he is wrong, and is simply writing for effect, is in his assertion Western government in general is becoming frightened of their people. Poppycock and wishful thinking, they hold the people in contempt, just as they always have. And quite frankly, while they have police and security forces willing to act on their behalf they will continue to do so. Cameron, Clegg and the Greek MPs may all need armoured limousines to travel a hundred yards, but that does not mean they are afraid, being careful, yes, afraid, no chance. Only when you see them being chased down the road by a baying mob will the fear start to show.

john in cheshire said...

Mr Moore's latest effort reads like something from a person who panicked when his previous thoughts weren't well received by his usual audience and so had to back-track somewhat to please them.

Anonymous said...

I do wonder if Moore isn't going through some mid-life crisis or something because his output is all over the place, rather like a sixth-formers blog.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

A: PC has saved me the job of answering you....... :)

jic & Saot: True!

TomTom said...

the social liberal ideology that spawned the likes of Cadbury

So why was Chocolate in Britain a mass-market product built around railway towns and produced by Quakers - Fry, Rowntree, Cadbury ?

Was it because they were not allowed to enter professions, university, as Dissenters ?

Surely Discrimination created whole industrial dynasties in the past whereas "Diversity" and Equalities legislation simply produces bureaucrats