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The stupid viciousness of stateism – at the local level.

There is a hole in the pavement near where I live – some workmen are doing something or other. The hole is not very big – it would be easy to put a fence round the hole whilst still giving people room to walk round it, but no…….

Instead of just having a fence round the whole, the entire pavement is blocked. Of course people could walk on the pavement on the other side of the road (as is the case with some other work in the town…. actually forcing people to walk on the other side of the road is pointless in this case – but that would be another story), but the powers-that-be have another idea……

Instead of people walking on the other side of the road, there is a fencing along the middle of the main road,,. allowing people to walk in the road (rather that walk on the pavement on the other side of this narrow road). The fencing is right at a CHOKE POINT where the narrow main road crosses on a bridge into the town. Reducing a two lane busy road to a one lane road.

Yes. you guessed it gentle reader, there are terrible nightmare traffic jams.

I do not claim that this is sabotage – that the officials who gave the orders have a deliberate plan to cause chaos. The regulations (“health and safety” or whatever) are just stupid – and they are applied with a lack of concern for the harm they do, that does indeed amount to viciousness.

Complain? There is no point – no point at all.

Complain to a local councillor? I am one – I know we have no power. Complain to a County Councillor? They have no power either. Complain to officials (of the “Highways Agency” or whatever) “we are just following policy” would be the response.

The road has no private owner, no one who really cares whether the people who try to use the road can use it or not.

It is all hopeless.


  1. Paul Marks says:

    Oh by the way…… if it turns out that “private” gas or water companies are involved, everything they do is governed by regulations also. It is all “a matter of policy”.

    No real private OWNERSHIP – where the OWNER (not the regulations) decide what is done and how it is done.

  2. Paul Marks says:

    The road is to be closed totally at Christmas – so the bridge can be played with.

  3. the moon is a balloon says:

    More to the point, Citizen, is that I could fix almost any “hole in a pavement” with two blokes, a van and half a day. Let’s call it £500 and be done with it.I bet that they’ll be spending several (several!) thousand pounds on your wee hole. It is all bollocks!

  4. DICK R says:

    Any opportunity must be taken to inconvenience car owners in the interests of idiotic the idiotic ‘green’ lobby must be taken!

  5. Joe Blow says:

    Of course its been done spitefully. The cretins behind it will have been laughing their moronic heads off. From the fucktard who ordered it right down to the pricks who laid out the fences.
    These people take joy in inconveniencing as many people as they can, as much as they can… its endemic in the state sector. In a different time they would have been gleeful collaborators.
    Its just like a while back when that car hating dickhead was “in charge” of traffic at Hammersmith council.

  6. Mr Ed says:

    ‘There is a hole in the pavement near where I live – some workmen are doing something or other.’ Presumably the hole has caused concern, and they are looking into it.

    The problem is wider than statism, it is communal (lack of) ownership. It costs no one anything to interfere with traffic.

    The pavement block may be explained, I hazard, by a highways closure order from a Magistrate, (perhaps self-gemerated) allowing the highway to be closed, subject to the provisos that it is closed off physically and signed, and a diversion is provided, signed naturally. No one should be required (or allowed!) to use common sense, there be dragons!

    Further up north in the Lake District this week, the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team (volunteers funded by volunteers) were called out to look for a man who had gone missing the other day after dark (in November). He was doing his regular daily walk on Loughrigg Fell, and had a minor mishap, but found his way to a private house and is fine.

    He is 92 years old. Archibravo!

  7. Paul Marks says:

    A lot of things could be done voluntarily, If the state would allow it.

  8. RAB says:

    There have been roadworks on the M32 approach to the M4 West for so long now they have Grade 2 Listed status.

    This seems to be a peculiarly British problem. One little shunt on the motorway and the carriageway gets totally closed whilst platoons of police in high viz jackets painstakingly make measurements. In France they make damn sure they keep the traffic flowing however bad the accident.

    Some appropriate music…

  9. The road has now reopened. But it will soon close again.

  10. Possibly told this tale before but serves repeating.
    Pothole in the road appeared outside our place in France. Farm traffic tends to chew it up & the noise of tyres bumping over it was disturbing the night’s rest.
    Saw Sophie, the village mayor, in the bar on Saturday evening. Mentioned the hole.
    Tuesday morning, 8:30, truck pauses, Guy throws few shovelfulls of asphalt down. Jumps down himself. Fills the hole, Levels with the back of the shovel. Truck reverses the rear wheel over a couple times to tamp. Truck drives off.
    Took two minutes. No cones, no diversions, no warning signs.
    It can be done.

    Local lot part pedestrianised a road down in the town, here. Widened & paved to reduce to one traffic lane. Bollards, benches & couple dozen 20 ft palm trees. Great improvement.
    Took a week
    it can be done.

    if they want.

    It’s not just “the state”, is it?

  11. Paul Marks says:

    bloke in spain.

    TRUE – and even in the English speaking world one can think of statists who got things done (for example the General who built the Pentagon in 18 months and also was in charge of the atom bomb project).

    But I continue to believe that statism is a dumb (as well as morally bad) way of doing things.

    I do not think force is the right way – even in France.

    Although, yes, having a single local person who is actually in charge – and is responsible if things are messed up, does tend to concentrate minds.

  12. John Galt says:

    “Although, yes, having a single local person who is actually in charge – and is responsible if things are messed up, does tend to concentrate minds”

    But we don’t need the vast collective and bureaucracy to achieve that do we, in fact incorporation of townships with someone chosen to run things (an actual administrator rather than a politician) is part of the local model that works well.

    Where it breaks down is where politics comes into play and the mayor becomes little more than a “buggins turn” political appointee as has happened in the UK. This is why local government in the UK has been going to the dogs since the 1960′s.

    You need an administrator that you can collar in the bar who has local autonomy, these “modern chief executives” that you get in lots of places, some of whom are paid hundreds of thousands of pounds and shunt from one chief executive role to another are just pissing taxpayers money up a rope.

    The problem with local government is that it is subsidized by central government, if the entire cost of local government in the UK had to be paid for by local residents it would soon collapse in on itself.

  13. NickM says:

    Yes, it has to be totally locally accountable in two ways.

    (a)locally funded.

    (b)locally accountable in exactly the “You need an administrator that you can collar in the bar who has local autonomy.” Precisely.

    Having said that, my gaff has a parish council that fits the bill – in principle – but recently pissed two grand up the wall on a monument to our paralympic bike stars. They still haven’t done fuck all about the enormous hole in my road or the dreadful state of the footpath next to my house. To be fair I’m not sure it is under their remit to do so. That would be Cheshire East council, I think. I’ll post on the monument later (with piccies). It is ghastly.

  14. Locally FUNDED is indeed critical Nick – if (for example) education is centrally funded (in America by State and Federal governments) then education is NOT local – whether locally elected School Boards exist or not.

    And even in Texas the State Board is in the hands of the “professionals” – with the vast majority of schools teaching “Social Justice” stuff, and text books full of leftist lies and propaganda. Even rejecting “Common Core” has not protected Texas from this tidal wave of leftist lies.

    As for managers versus elected mayors.,,,,,,,,,

    Kansas v Missouri is a good comparative case study.

    For example “Kansas City” is in fact two cities – one in Missouri and one in Kansas.

    I have not heard that local government is wonderful in either Missouri or in Kansas.

    The difference (if there is one) is that there appears to be more corruption in Missouri – more “machine politics”.

    Whereas in Kansas the town or city manager can not pretend to be the “democratically elected voice of the people” (which tends to go to someone’s head) – but is a single person who can be kicked out (by the town or city council) if he is more useless than government tends to be.

    I would even scale that up……

    Yes I am a fan of the (defeated) “New Jersey Plan” of the Founding era.

    The President to be appointed by the Congress – and the Congress to represent THE STATES (equally).

    No one in the Federal government able to claim they speak for “the American people”

    There would still be a single person responsible for Executive mess ups – but not a God-Emperor claiming to be the incarnation of the “People’s Will”.

  15. I also believe that the unicameral Congress (basically a Senate) should be appointed by STATE LEGISLATURES (not elected by “the people”) – as the German upper house is, and as the American Senate was till 1913.

    No one in the Federal government should be able to speak for “the people” – not even “the people” of a State.

  16. NickM says:

    Paul, I appreciate your points. I have heard Midwesterner make many of the same but I also think JG was on the money as to the need to know your local council folk on a personal basis. So, If I lived around your gaff I’d be able to say, “Hi, Mr Marks can you get that hole in my road fixed?” Or, and this is an issue that fecks me off no end. My village has a load of bins on one side of a road but on my side has none. I sometimes have to clear this up. A couple of bins would help.

    That is what matters at a local level – little things. As to higher-up…

  17. Nick if I tried to get “special treatment” for a person in my ward I would be punished.

    Remember the role of elected politicians in our system – we are a distraction, we are “on top” but not “in charge”, a bit like a fairy on top of the Christmas Tree.

    Oh no – I have just left myself open to being called Tinker Bell.

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