I had a very interesting lunch today, which gave me the opportunity to test out a few theories as to where the hell is this Country going to. Since the May election we have seen the end of the Party that re-introduced a stasi state. My problem is all I see is Con Dem ‘managing’ the country, so did my companions.
To be honest I don’t want to be managed by the same crowd of people who failed to hold Government to account, and seemed remarkably uninterested when innocent electricians get their heads blown apart in front of terrified tube commuters.
The fury over expenses has abated, the House is going to throw us five or six MP’s and Lords to be processed through the Courts to act as lightning conductors for the other six hundred and forty.
I repeat I do not want to be managed, I want to be a free citizen whose relationship with the State is that of master not slave.
To further this aim I want to write an Insurance Policy and have it adopted before the authors of the Stasi State come back
The best example I have seen to date is the third Constitution of the Swiss Federation which starts –
In the name of Almighty God!
The Swiss People and the Cantons,
mindful of their responsibility towards creation, resolved to renew their alliance so as to strengthen liberty, democracy, independence and peace in a spirit of solidarity and openness towards the world, determined to live together with mutual consideration and respect for their diversity, conscious of their common achievements and their responsibility towards future generations, and in the knowledge that only those who use their freedom remain free, and that the strength of a people is measured by the well-being of its weakest members; adopt the following Constitution:
The Constitution is there for all to see and debate, however for me the most important clauses are 8 & 9 –
Art. 8 Equality before the law
1 Everyone shall be equal before the law.
2 No one may be discriminated against, in particular on grounds of origin, race, gender, age, language, social position, way of life, religious, ideological, or political convictions, or because of a physical, mental or psychological disability.
3 Men and women shall have equal rights. The law shall ensure their equality, both in law and in practice, most particularly in the family, in education, and in the workplace. Men and women shall have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.
4 The law shall provide for the elimination of inequalities that affect persons with disabilities.
Art. 9 Protection against arbitrary conduct and principle of good faith
Everyone has the right to be treated by state authorities in good faith and in a nonarbitrary manner.
The Swiss Federation is not part of the European Union, it makes its own Laws and has its own relationship with the EU and does Norway. It has not sold its birth right and Liberties to Brussels.
Decisions are made at the lowest level by referenda, can anybody name the Prime Minister of the Swiss Federation, has his wife just had a new baby ? How many Swiss Aristocrats can you name.
It is about time that we grew up as a country and started having a sensible grown up discussion about a new political settlement that puts the citizen first and the State a poor second.
Andrew P Withers