Uncle Joe was far more candid than any of our present day Big Government chiefs would ever be, but the reality remains the same. To BG, we are all statistics. From health to education to criminal justice, individuals take second place to the statistical imperatives of top-down planning, targeting, and efficiency programming.
True, our own Big Government hasn't yet quite reached the stage of purges and gulags for those who obstruct The Plan, but its attitude to individuals and their rights is squarely in the Uncle Joe tradition, as graphically illustrated by two recent revelations:
- The secret and unauthorised removal of organs from dead Sellafield workers- so much for BG's employees
- The use of contaminated "skid row" blood for NHS patients, even though officials apparently knew it could be highly dangerous- so much for BG's customers
Can you imagine our old friends at Tesco getting away with something like this? Not simply killing employees and customers, but helping themselves to bodyparts and concealing the truth for years? Customers would desert the stores, Sir Terry and the entire board would have to resign, there'd be criminal prosecutions, Tesco's share price would collapse, and the whole enterprise could well go belly-up.
With Big Government it's just one more barely perceptible statistical blip on the road to serfdom.