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When did we, as a nation, become compliant sheep?
Bureaucracy is a hungry wolf that demands constant feeding to keep its’ hunger slated and help it grow. The wolf doesn’t use this extra nutrition to build up strength and fitness to increase its’ efficiency. The more it eats, the fatter it gets, and as it slumps in its’ comfy chair waiting to be fed, it uses its’ size to bully its’ sheep.
Once upon a time, a wolf was a hungry, threatening predator that blew down houses until one little pig, learning from others misfortune, decided to stand up to the beast. As scared sheep, we just let the bloated monster grow and grow, fearful of its ultimate power.
I have just received a “tax” demand. However, this is not in relation to my income. This is from the DVLA demanding £20 to update the photograph on my licence as I have held a photographic licence for 10 years. If I do not comply with this demand which is headed very pleasantly, “Just a little reminder”, I advised in bold that I will be breaking the law. The nice letter is signed by the “Head of the Central Capture Unit”. Think what you will.
Over the last 10 years, I may have got older and uglier, but my photo is clearly recognisable and I have made no dramatic alterations to my appearance. My signature has been almost illegible for the last decade but that doesn’t seem to matter. I am not aware that the legislation requires men who grow beards or women who change their hair colour or style to constantly update their photographs, so why is my age a factor?
This appears to be another bureaucratic theft that we have willingly signed up to. As I need my car, I need my licence so I have no alternative but to comply. I wonder how many of our financial gifts are spent on the real reason that the DVLA exists, ensuring road safety, and how much is spent on the faceless bureaucrats that bully and punish the innocent motorist.
However, rather than fighting back, we will cogitate and munch grass waiting for the shearing and exploitation, whilst the bloated DVLA wolf will keep growing as more “sheep” prostrate themselves at its feet and feed its ever-growing appetite.
- Freedom in the City on 22nd May with JP Floru on May 22, 2013 12:30 pm
- The Freedom Association’s Magna Carta Pimms and Politics Cruise on June 15, 2013 12:30 pm
- Conservative Renewal Conference on September 14, 2013
- The Freedom Zone on September 30, 2013
- The Freedom Zone on October 1, 2013
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