Friday, November 03, 2006

Tragedy of the Common Fisheries Policy

So, the policy wonks in the EU, and other mafia bodies, think the fish stocks around the UK will last no more than 50 years?

All seafood will run out in 2050, say scientists

Personally, I'm amazed the fish stocks have lasted this long since the EU set up a typical tragedy of the commons, when the British government joined the Common Market in the 1970s (thank you, Margaret Thatcher). So what do the EU policy wonks think the solution to this tragedy might be? Fortunately, I haven't wasted any time reading what these non-producing parasites think, because I already know what they've suggested: More regulation, more taxes, and more policy wonks. Alas, I also know it won't work, as they would too if they put more than two brain cells together.

There is, of course, only one policy which will save the fisheries stocks around the UK. But hell, and a storm-force high water will never let our Marxoid rulers ever consider it. And what is this nirvana? Yes, that's right, you guessed it, private fishing rights for particular fishing areas to be bought and sold on the free market, with original rights established by the homesteading of particular areas.

Although more statist than my own preference, the Icelanders have shown the way with their 200 mile fishing limit around their island, which has preserved their stocks for their fishermen. And the smaller these private areas go, the more successful they will be. So perhaps we could start with a 200 mile limit around Cornwall, for Cornish fishermen, the same for Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Yorkshire, unserweiter, unserweiter; though obviously it will work best of all for private corporations owning the fishing rights to homesteaded areas.

It won't be tried, obviously, as it's better to let the stocks run down to zero, and surround it in a blaze of stories about greedy capitalist fishermen raping the planet, rather than trying anything that would actually work. But, hey ho. This is the Marxoid world of regulatory idiots and tax consumer charlatans that we live in. As this is Friday, I may partake of a small parcel of fish 'n' chips, for my supper. I should enjoy it while the fish last, under the abysmal regulatory control of our masters and betters in government, God rot them all.


Anonymous said...

I don't know what you mean by "fishing rights." I would simply privatize the seas - the fish, the water, the bottom, everything. Properties need not be small; the market would decide.

Jack Maturin said...

I like your thinking there, biopolitical. Perhaps we should change our wording a little though? How about 'de-govermentize' or 'freeing' instead of 'privatizing'? The thought occured that rather than we lunatic anarchists 'imposing' a system, that what we would be doing is removing an already imposed system.

Anonymous said...


May I just point out that Mrs. T (pbuh) did not become Prime Minister until 1979.

If you're looking for the tosser who deceived us into joining the entity then known as the Common Market, that was the traitor Heath (hawk, spit).

Jack Maturin said...

Anonymous, you may not have been around back then, but I was, and one of the most memorable images of the entire EEC debacle was Margaret Thatcher running around the country, in her pro-EEC jumper with all the flags of the EEC nations emblazoned upon it, with her hectoring voice stridently telling everyone how we would be fools not to join the EEC. She didn't lead the country into the EEC because she was only a cabinet minister rather than being Prime Minister, but she was as for it as Heath ever was. And you'll notice that during her entire premiership she did NOTHING but get us further into the mire. She could have left the EU after the Falklands war, and the subsequent election victory. But did she? No, as the statist she was, she drove us further in. Thank you, Margaret. It's funny how when statists get kicked out of power there are always 101 things they wished they'd done, but somehow never got round to. Yes, if you are a statist, she was a great prime minister who dragged Britain back from the brink of closed shop communism, but as a defender of long-term freedom she was ultimately a joke. The title of her book 'Statecraft' says it all. She was, ultimately, nothing but another statist in remarkably good anti-communist clothing.