Saturday, 13 October 2012
Instruction To Government
I'm your Boss, the Taxpayer and Voter. I've been reading again the works of Sir Robert Thompson, the expert on counter-insurgency warfare who set out five basic principles in his famous 1966 book Defeating Communist Insurgency: Experiences in Malaya and Vietnam. His first principle, that:
The government must have a clear political aim: to establish and maintain a free, independent and united country which is politically and economically stable and viable
can be expanded into the government developing a strategy addressing every aspect of the insurgency, whether social, political, economic, government or law-enforcement and that the they must be tackled holistically.
My simple instruction to My Government this weekend is to imagine the strategy that you would implement to win the hearts and minds of the population and restore peace if an insurgency were to occur in the UK. To point you in the right direction, the golden thread running through all successfully concluded insurgencies is a shift of power from the Establishment to the People.
And then ask yourselves why you haven't done that already. Prevention is cheaper than cure.