If governments become too big they have the ability to rip the heart out of the connection and belonging that builds a sense of community. Sometimes this can be in concrete ways. I recently heard about a small voluntarily local cricket club being pursued by HMRC. Who knows whether they’ll survive the scrutiny of cash-in-hand payments to people mowing the pitch.
But more often it’s the intangibles of culture which well-intentioned big government can destroy. We see a small number of children w