Checklist of totalitarian features

Checklist of totalitarian features

Checklist of totalitarian features

First published in Your Say

IT IS interesting to read that so much of your published readers’ letters express considerable enthusiasm about the UK remaining as full members of the European Union – if for no other reason than their financial affairs have not been audited for 19 years.

Some of the features of a totalitarian state, be it communist or fascist, are:

An all-powerful leader, carefully insulated from the general public;

An enfeebled Duma, kept docile with perks and pensions, rubber-stamping the decisions taken by the leader and his inner circle;

Confiscation of funds from private wealth producers, redistributed to the state dependents to keep them voting for the party;

Repeated announcements of extravagant central spending on services which in fact only get worse;

Central control of every aspect of life;

Heavy regulation to discourage all private activities;

Undermining of marriage and the family;

Substitution of the state as arbiter of morality and provider of security;

Propagandisation of schoolchildren;

Preoccupation with targets, not results.

Have you noticed any of the above in a country near you?

John Haw, Stone Close, Balksbury Way, Andover

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