Monday, May 12, 2008

Pay up or else

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.


John East said...

Your last comment seems to favour Milliband. I'll admit that he's far more undamaged than Blair/Brown/Darling/Prescott etc., but I fear this could be due solely to a lack of public exposure, and that his cabinet career so far has been relatively quiet.
What would hold me back from supporting him were I a labour voter is those large, bulging, staring eyes. They are far too intimidating and will frighten the electorate. He will never do.

Jack Maturin said...

Oh, I don't 'favour' Milliband. I just think he's the best they've got. As the phrase has it, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey. In moments of weakness I have even felt myself nodding at his pronouncements, before slapping myself. In any debate on any subject he could successfully attack one position, then cross the floor and successfully defend it. He is a highly dangerous man, with a Blairite gift of the gab, and as such is to be feared. Personally, I hate every fibre of his being. But I will never underestimate him. He will be the Labour leader by Christmas, I reckon. And if he is, Cameron has a real fight on his hands. Not that any of it matters of course; regardless of which of these two lizards gets the train set, we will still get yet more tax and regulation unless we hold them both over fires until they're squealing and burn off their toes with matches. If Brown, miraculously, does manage to hold on, then we may get Cameron relaxed enough to start delivering tax cuts. If Milliband gets in, to keep the government-employed voters onside, Cameron will cave-in on tax and give us more of the same just so he can get the keys to number ten. It really is a terribly rum business. Let's just hope that Lew Rockwell reader, Bonson Jorris, can put some human action axioms into place into London, to show Cameron the way back to classical liberal freedom. I may be an anarchist myself, but I'll settle for classical liberalism, at least in the short-term of the rest of my life! :-)