If the Mafia ran Britain, what kinds of things would you expect to see? Well, I would expect to see advertising along the lines of "pay up your protection money, peasant, or we'll break your legs".
Which brings us to the current UK government advert above, which threatens people that if they don't pay their road tax (which can now be up to £385 pounds a year), then their cars will be stolen from them and put into a crusher; I suppose if their legs were still inside at the time, then so be it.
This advert probably tells you all you need to know about socialism and democracy. It demonstrates aggressive threat, senseless destruction, property theft, and massive overcharging, all in one fell swoop (about one tenth of road taxation is spent on roads, almost always on wasteful government pork contracts).
In short, all the hallmarks of the mafia are right there, in your face, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it - Capice?
OK, so this much we know, that government is nothing more than a tenacious long-lived mafia. You wouldn't be reading an Austro-centric web site if any of this was a shock; though personally I still find it interesting that an organisation which typically goes around pretending to be everybody's favourite bumbling uncle, can still occasionally slip into revealing its true personality.
But having said that, why is Gordon Brown still running these government "heavy-threat" adverts, in his personal time of crisis? When New Labour was 10% ahead in the polls, perhaps the Orcs on the outer turf still felt comfortable going around threatening to break everyone's legs. However, now that the Labour party is currently suffering its worst poll figures of all time, you would have thought that Sauron would have ordered his goblins to start kissing up to the proles, rather than still making leg-breaking threats if they fail to defenestrate their wallets on a regular basis?
It's not possible, is it, that Gordon is beginning to lose control of his swarms of minions? I should coco.
The coronation of Capofamiglia David Milliband thus comes ever closer. When he is crowned, expect this kind of government soul-window advertising to stop. Immediately.