Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The State still thinks it owns you

As you know, the Trojan Horse known as The Coroners and Justice Bill, aims to hoover up all information about us so that it can be used on fishing expeditions, seeking out people who have to then prove their innocence for crimes nobody reported and to sell off to the highest bidder for private gain.

Now, Doctors are right to complain that such disclosure is highly likely to make patients withhold vital information in consultation rooms for fear that it will eventually be used against them by people who have no context and no expertise to make any judgements whatsoever. Plenty of "authority", mind.

Imagine someone even TALKING to their GP about mental health, for example? That could render them unemployable. People will just clam up, with all manner of consequences. For the State this is but a mere bagatelle when compared to all that lovely information and the warm feeling they get knowing that the entire population realise that every word they say could come back to bite them in future at the whim of a bureaucrat.

However, what is a little irritating is that even if this information did NOT affect the consultations, the State still has absolutely NO GOD DAMN RIGHT to look at it. I am not their property. I am not chattel or some indentured servant. Doctors, by speaking about the impact of such information theft - for it is not "sharing" in the typical Socialist newspeak - they implicitly sanction the underlying right of that theft. It is like saying "don't steal the lead from the church roof because it will leak", focusing on the consequences of that particular action instead of the underlying illegality of any and all such theft.

It is an invitation to salami slice, an invitation to respond with an enormous bureaucracy and massive IT spend to "safeguard" the data. No, a flat rejection on the basis that the information does not belong to the State is the best way to deal with this. I am disappointed in the stance taken by the Medics on this occasion.

Now, the Statists, lickspittles and other useful idiots will blather on about "costs to the NHS" but remember, we as individuals currently have no choice but fund the NHS. It is a de facto monopoly. The great, the good and the ugly* (*politicians and quangocrats) can step outside the NHS and avoid all this, but most people cannot. This is why a State run system is wrong as not only does it tend towards a monopoly - and we all know what monopolies mean for the consumer of services - the State then begins to think it "pays for it" and so has the right to ration, withdraw or worse, consider is doing it out of the kindness of its heart and we all need to go cap-in-hand.

This is why two things must be done to reaffirm freedom and liberty.

1) Income Tax must be abolished - we are not cows to be milked. The State must not have first call on our earnings. While we have Income Tax, the State will continue to think we "owe" them or have to prove that we do not. Don't believe me? Witness the Passport systems being used to check "days out" in case we sneaky people are not living abroad enough. Checked into and out of the milking stalls like cattle.
2) The State monopolistic and Stalinist provision of Healthcare must end. Various options along the lines of a plurality of insurance providers, robust/firm/fair safety net and plurality of healthcare provision initially via independent not-for-profit Hospitals set free from the clutches of the PCTs may be a way forward. Smooth transition is as important, but not more important, as the end goal.

Only the Libertarian Party proposes the above. All the other parties still want to own your arse and they will, with ever more certainty until a Libertarian Government is returned at a General Election.


Tim Carpenter LPUK

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Grey font on dark green is hard to read, or is it Firefox?

Dick the Prick said...

Dam good article. Just out of principle never tell your doc anything. Sequesting medical records has applied for certain jobs for decades.

Guthrum said...

Sorry transfer of article did not go so well. Hope it is sorted now

Anonymous said...

O/T

I see the bill to hide MP's home addresses was passed by the 646 yesterday.

Whatever happened to 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear'?

Or our democracy for that matter.

Gareth said...

New ruling to force British voters to show ID before voting

The Government will also begin a pilot data-matching scheme to allow electoral registration officers to obtain relevant and restricted data from public authorities such as Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions. Mr Wills insisted that the release of data would be “carefully controlled” and subject to a number of safeguards.

Of course it will. They always say that.

Data sharing will result in the National Information Register in all but name. As it will be made in such a piecemeal fashion it will be a database so full of holes it's no wonder MPs want to be excluded from it.

Shirking From Home said...

Am waiting for the usual "purely voluntary" bollocks, until the bastards get the crap on the statute books.

Anonymous said...

Agree with most of it, but whenever wealthy white men start talking about reforming the NHS I get worried, they tend to want to slant things in their favour, we just need competant management and the "business" ethic kicked into touch, a look across the English channel or North sea shows how it can be done.

Anonymous said...

Your not the states property? Afraid you are as in subject not citizen. if you have the wherewithal get the fuck out now while you still can.

Anonymous said...

Good read.


o/t
http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/46652,opinion,what-britain-could-have-bought-with-the-13-trillion-banking-bail-out

interesting

Tim Carpenter said...

Anon 11:55 "a look across the English channel or North sea shows how it can be done."


That is where we ARE looking - we have always known the US model is useless, not least because the State has all its pork-smeared hands all over it. Switzerland is my favourite but France, Germany, The Netherlands have good lessons for us to learn.

One place to avoid: Denmark - it has ended an national monopoly and created a whole series of local monopolies and has ossified.

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Anonymous said...

Why stop there? Why not have a CCTV camera in every public toilet cubicle? It may after all help to apprehend graffiti vandals or drug takers? Or have you anything to hide?

Newgates Knocker said...

There is no way out of this is there. We are so depressingly fucked! If we don't submit to an I.D card. It will be a full bodyscan, internal search and blood-type passport instead. Who can manage without a passport in todays world? They have us by the balls and they know it!

Adrian P said...

The wprld os being turned into a

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