After a working visit to Somalia to study the success of its so-called ‘small state’ solution to government, the Prime Minister has announced he would like the UK to follow the east African country’s‘ example, by reducing state provision of health care and education to zero, placing policing in the hands of private groups of individuals and collecting absolutely no taxes whatsoever.
The Prime Minister praised Somalia’s government for its minimal approach to government:
This is a perfect example of the kind of hands-off government I would like to see in Britain. That’s why I am implementing the same policies of minimal interference by the state so the free market can be allowed to flourish as it is doing in Somalia, where citizens are allowed to buy and sell anything, and anyone, they want.
The Prime Minister also downplayed criticisms that Somalia was the most dangerous and unsafe country in the world, full of armed militias and pirates, saying the self-determination to survive and entrepreneurial spirit shown by Somalis was an example to the UK:
Somalis don’t just sit around waiting for handouts from their government. Their government would much prefer them to go out and hold up ships for ransom or form an armed militia before they would ever allow them to live off the state. That’s the kind of big self-help society I’d like to see more of in Britain.
Some of the specific policies already successfully implemented by the Somalis which the Prime Minister would like to see introduced into the UK are:
Lower tax burden for all
The Somali government has the enviable record of collecting virtually no taxes at all from its citizens. Mr Cameron’s Conservative Party has a long-standing stated policy of reducing taxes to an absolute minimum.
Privatisation of the police
In Somalia policing has been completely privatised with law and order in the hands of groups of individuals. In the UK, Mr Cameron’s government has just announced the privatisation of policing services.
Free market for business
The Somalian government allows free trade in everything – encouraged by a complete lack of regulation by the state – with arms, drugs and slavery being the biggest contributors to GNP. In the UK, the coalition government has announced a raft of ideas to ‘free business from the constraints of state regulation’ after which it is hoped any large multinational arms or drugs companies will be free to do what they like without any state control over their actions.
Break-up of state education and healthcare
There is no state provision of education and healthcare services in Somalia and very soon there won’t be any in the UK either.
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