Democracy or Pandora?
The Scottish Referendum has opened a new box and demonstrated two most important truths –firstly, that our political classes are a bunch of weak, incompetent, shiftless, self-serving and inconsistent bastards, starting at the very top and working down. And secondly, that what we really need is a lot less government.
We need a new law, namely that collectively, any Government, local or national, is not allowed to levy taxation of more than 30% of national income at any time. And that this taxation should be divided into two parts – primary taxation not exceeding 25% (education, health, etc.) and social taxation not exceeding 5% (for the betterment of society). If a Government can’t afford a service or activity, and there is a genuine demand for it, then it will be supplied and serviced by the private sector.
This will ensure that 70% of national wealth is in circulation under control of society, creating full employment (a Government couldn't afford to pay the wasteful levels of social welfare currently in force), a more dynamic, demand driven economy and a happier population.
The first parliamentary term will be set aside for implementation of the new system, allowing a full five years to shake out the bugs and weed out the politicians who have scraped their way back in but are just not up to the job.
So when the next General Election looms and some hapless political hack (regardless of their political affiliation) asks you for your vote, ask him or her if they support 30% taxation, and if they don’t say “yes”, don’t vote for them. And if they try to tell you that it isn't possible, then they remain a bunch of liars. Of course it is possible.