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 who go to school without being properly fed so we set up breakfast clubs, or children who’s lunchboxes aren’t deemed to be up to scratch on nutrition so they’re replaced with state run hot lunches. But what does this to do a family that sits down together in the evening for a hot meal (where now the child is too full) or what message does it send to the mum who carefully packs a healthy lunch for her daughter every day?
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