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 groups 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 kings whims and the taxpayers who funded them, drew up the Great Charter and compelled the King by force of arms to agree to it.
|Self-discipline is not a natural human characteristic.
In the legendary British 50s comedy series following the exploits of St Trinians School for Ladies, sex, smoking, drinking and especially gambling arent on the official curriculum, but theyre 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.
The peoples 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.
Reforming Government: Transparency, Accountability, Productivity
Lets face it. Government isnt working.
The Principle of Liberty
offers a new direction in politics,
a new Policy based on universality not wealth or influence or class interest.
Sustainable Economic Growth, fair remunerations,
a respect for personal liberty, environmental responsibility,
and above all, government which does its job
productively and cost-effectively, open, answerable.
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Productivity and Accountability in Government
Governments govern people.
Constitutions govern governments.
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ONE: Project-Secured Investment through Regional Investment AgenciesClick to download in pdf. 34pp
can create jobs, expand and improve industry, and finance public infrastructure – without adding to the deficit. Everybody working, everybody working productively – the simple formula for prosperity. Regional Investment Agencies provide secure, committed investment, but on condition that the recipient business applies and maintains the highest standards in design, production and labour relations.
TWO: Millionaires and Unemployment - A Fair Day's Pay.
A single standard system of Job Evaluation provides a fair and stable
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This works to stabilize pay and prices, and thus inflation.
THREEE: Better Government – less cost
Good government should not reduce service quality or raise taxes, but increase
productivity, which delivers more and better services at less cost. Industry does it; why not government?
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