Governing Government through Constitution, transparency, with market and popular disciplines. Government governs the People.
Who, or what governs Government?
When Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves had dispatched the wicked Caliph of Baghdad and vanquished his oppressive forces, they set about assigning positions in the new government of the city.

Placing a hand on the shoulder of the Lovable Rogue, Ali Baba announced: “You my friend, will be the Keeper of the Treasury.” Gasps of horror all round.

Then, turning to the group’s most trusted member, he said
“And you will be the Keeper – of the Keeper of the Treasury.”

Keeping the Keeper. Governing Government.

Government governs the People.
Who, or what governs Government?

In 1215 the clergy, barons and nobles of England rose up against King John, whose rule they perceived as arrogant, expensive and ineffective, compelling him to sign the Magna Carta or Great Charter. While the Magna Carta is revered and respected as being the ‘grand-daddy’ of constitutions, and while it is studied, analyzed, and to a large degree copied, a fact rarely considered is that the Magna Carta was ‘consumer-driven’.

The King did not write a constitution in which a few crumbs of monarchial self-discipline graciously thrown to the public were greatly outweighed by his own rights and privileges. It was the barons, nobles and clergy who, as objects of the king’s whims and the taxpayers who funded them, drew up the Great Charter and compelled the King by force of arms to agree to it.

The Royal Seal on Magna Carta
Self-discipline is not a natural human characteristic.
In the legendary British 50s comedy series following the exploits of St Trinian’s School for Ladies, sex, smoking, drinking and especially gambling aren’t on the official curriculum, but they’re not exactly frowned upon either. In fact understanding the odds on horses teaches the girls plenty about economics.

Clearly, St Trinians is in need of discipline. But would this ever be achieved by asking the Sixth Form girls to write and enforce a new School Rule Book? Probably not. And in the same way, we can hardly expect government to discipline itself. Even Constitutions have been, and are, widely ignored by governments.

The moral may be that only popular pressure can assure the elusive Citizens’ Liberties.

Governments are among the most wasteful, the least productive of any organization yet devised by man, a fact that is now becoming apparent to an increasingly disillusioned public. Government is not only a monopoly, it is unique in being an enforced monopoly, there is no option to reject it, and refusal to pay its taxes will land you in prison.

Unknown in government circles is the “P” word – Productivity – the concept of striving continuously to give a better service at less cost, a concept taken for granted throughout the business world. So the burden of government, its size and its cost, steadily increases with no perceptible improvement in its services.

Government transparency and accountability
The people’s assurance of Good Government can best be secured by total transparency, a prime example being total freedom of the press and all forms of communication media with every encouragement for them to research and publicize all acts of government.

Good Government can also be reinforced by the use of independent outside (private sector) agencies for use in checking government accounts, assessing government departmental productivity and the remunerations of government staff, as well as full transparency, honesty and possible corruption.


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“What matters is that each man should be free to develop his own personality to the full; the only restrictions upon this freedom should be those which are necessary to enable everyone else to do the same.” Lord Denning.

That we should all be free to pursue our individual lives and happiness in whatever way we choose as long as we do not injure or dispossess others: this is the Eternal Law of social conduct, the fundamental Principle of Liberty instinctively familiar to us all.

The Principle of Liberty requires in our personal relationships, in business and commerce and in our use of natural resources, that we respect others as we would have them respect ourselves. It is a Principle as old as human conscience: it will be recognized by anyone familiar with the Sermon on the Mount. The consistent application of this Principle in everyday law would maximize liberty in the nation under its care.

With the guidance of this Principle we would share resources equitably and use them wisely, we would trade fairly, we would respect the property, privacy and peace of one another. We would learn to live in liberty, respecting and not infringing the liberties of others. And we would prosper: for collaboration is an infinitely more creative, more powerful, more productive force than confrontation.

The Principle of Liberty is indeed a high and noble ideal. But can a Principle such as this be defined with sufficient precision to act as a guide for our everyday laws? Is it capable of useful and practical application to the needs of a complex society? The answer in both cases is positive. Read the book. It’s all here.

The Economics of Prosperity

18 pages.
Banks and governments are bankrupt, even bank deposits are at risk. Economic growth remains elusive, the financial system offers no help. What do we actually need from a broad-based national financial system? And how best can we fulfill that need?

Regional Development Banks established specifically to provide longterm investment for industry and infrastructure can create jobs and industries NOW, with genuine, repayable investment loans.

The absence of a fair and sustainable work-reward relationship creates inflation and monetary instability. Job-evaluated pay is already a reality in major companies. The combination of Pay, Profit and Price Evaluation can guarantee a fair day's pay, rising productivity, full employment, and a stable monetary unit.

Maximizing productivity must become a nationwide objective, especially in government as the nation's biggest employer and its least productive.

The formula is simple, requiring little or nothing which is not already tried and tested.

A One-page Constitution
The Ideals of Constitutionalism
Disciplining Government
Constitution: its Status in Government
The Battle of Magna Carta
Productivity and Accountability in Government

Governments govern people.
Constitutions govern governments.
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Constitution: History, Theory and Practice

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