30 The ways and means

Musing out loud about a few areas and products that could be adapted in order to provide, in a non-confrontational manner, some of the services that are being ill served by the state. Questions whether we really need the huge edifice of central government to determine which side of the road we drive upon, or determine safety standards meant to ensure the purity of our food chain.

There already exists a natural infrastructure of protection, giving us the ability to have certain types of providers vouched for by the associations to which they belong, whether they be architects, solicitors, surgeons, homeopaths or nannies. On a simpler level community instincts kick in and we are guided by the recommendation of friends or family.

The strength of commercial law is stressed, defining a code of conduct and contractual obligation that most companies will observe, because if they do not it will be difficult to find people willing to do business with them.

A case is made that private ownership of the road network is unlikely to have suffered from the same over-planned blight as has the state run system. We would not be treated as criminals to be caught out, nor suffer from the driving distractions of incessant signposting and road painting, bumping, posting, painting and endless re-arranging.

And how would we deal with crime? We would, as it is a phenomenon that no community wants to see flourish. Our current situation sees the police and prison service thriving as crime flourishes. A suggestion is made that those who would thrive from a reduction in crimes, at least those of the victim-creating variety, would be a more sensible choice for dealing with the detection of, and response to crime.