Big Government is dead – Brown has resigned
Big Government is dead; or at least hopefully in terminal decline. It brings to an end more than a decade of the biggest political con of all time: New Labour. New Labour claimed to have moved socialism to the middle ground – in reality it hid mainstream Stalinist control behind the big, false TV smile of Tony Blair. Brown, of course, has no smile. His natural style is the scowl. So his Stalinism showed through and the party even dropped the ‘New’ epithet.
But the politics remained the same: iron-fisted central control from the politburo. Just consider:
- Brown has never been endorsed by the UK electorate as Prime Minister, yet he ruled with a sense of divine right born of insufferable arrogance
- His right and left hand were unelected: Mandelson to scheme in the background and Campbell to bully in the foreground
- His desire for State control of everything is so far to the Communist left that it ends up more fascist right-wing than Margaret Thatcher would ever have considered
- The UK has become the most spied upon nation in the world: even a television advert from a government agency threatened “We know where you live.”
- Brown, first as Chancellor and then as Prime Minister, took the country from a low tax haven for entrepreneurs to a stifled highly taxed and thoroughly depressed society
- Brown believes that Government should control our hospitals
- Brown believes that Government should control our schools
- Brown believes that Government should control us.
Let us not mourn his departure; let us rather hope that neither he nor his policies ever return. And let us hope that Cameron fulfils his promise of Big Society rather than Big Government. The idea that in Cameron World society should control Government rather than Brown’s Government controls society is almost beyond hope.