26 November 2010
Sometimes when I confront the appalling financial mess the UK (see Wat Tyler for some of the gory details) is in I come up with some sort of wizard wheeze for solving it. One of my favourites is the one line bill that states that all government pension promises are hereby null and void. Another is a return to the tax-payer franchise (no representation without (net) taxation).

And then I think: "Do I really want this to be solved constitutionally?" There is so much unpicking that has to be done of taxes and regulations and contracts and international agreements that I doubt it's even possible. I don't doubt the horror, at least initially, of a constitutional collapse, especially with so many members of the population convinced socialists (of one flavour or another) but it seems to me to be the only way of sweeping away the Sargasso Sea of government.

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  1. I can’t see it being solved in a sane way. No politician is going to want to default on pensions or change the constitution. There will be many more years of attempting to hide from the truth.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on 02 December 2010 at 03:11pm

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