Monday, March 03, 2008


You don't have to be a grumpy Tyler to believe in smaller government

The BBC has done a lengthy profile on the TaxPayers' Alliance. And contrary to what you might have expected, it's pretty well balanced. Yes, it does say the TPA "firmly denies" it "is guilty of spreading cynicism about the political system" (ie the that's how the BBC actually sees it), but that's a minor quibble.

Chief Exec Matthew Elliott has done a fantastic job raising funds, building and organising his team, and increasing media attention on taxpayers' concerns. But there's loads still to do, so let's hope flattering BBC profiles don't encourage somebody to make him an offer he can't refuse.

PS Tyler thinks small government campaigners are always going to be seen as spreading cynicism about "the political system". That's because "the political system" embodies the very Big Government status quo we're trying to topple. But that's not to say we don't have a positive alternative. Smaller government does not mean slash and burn tax cuts. It means trusting people with their own money so they can make the choices on things like education, health, and policing, rather than leaving it to our bungling one-size commissars. Over the next few days we'll post a list of positive proposals featured on BOM to show it's not all negative campaigning.

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