Let's Bury Mr Blobby

The first column from our regular columnist 'Swift'

Whoever dreamt up the term' The Blob' - Swift's money is on Cummings - was however identifying a real problem that inspires Popular Conservatism. 

We will sort it out.

But let's first define the problem.

The Blob is that enormous collective combined weight of civil servants, lawyers, campaigners for this cause or that, which starts from the basis that the government and its allies (the latter usually funded from the public purse anyway) can solve any problem presented to them. It's as if Clement Attlee (good man BTW) were still PM, the date is 1945, and the entire nation is represented by the philosophy of a  Guardian editorial.

The cunning bit of this, is if the problem (to pluck a few random examples, alcohol consumption, gambling, obesity, drug use), is not resolved, the answer will be that insufficient funding was available and so... ...Swift will  allow you to complete the rest of the sentence. You know. You're paying for it anyway so what's a few bob more?

Swift used to be a bureaucrat himself back in the day. Good people, by and large. Public-spirited.  But because their job is regulating things, that is what they do. and do, and do, and do...

Luckily, there is a different and more effective answer. There is a compelling need for a slimmer, smarter Government which costs a lot less and does a lot more. And rather wonderfully allows more freedom to its citizens. 

They are the entrepreneurs, small business owners, community leaders who say 'What can I change for the better?', not, 'What regulations can I find to stop this happening?.

Let's lay Mr Blobby to rest. It's time. 

'Swift' will be writing a daily blog on Popular Conservatism issues. He is a former civil servant, a lobbyist, an historian and a careful observer of the slow decline of effective public administration in the UK which saddens him greatly: but which he believes is not irreversible. He has borrowed his nom de plume (bows) from Dean Jonathan Swift, the greatest satirist since Juvenal, and judged by his lowly namesake (me) the most elegantly funny prose writer in English ever to put quill to paper.