What the papers say

"No longer the servants of the British public, municipal bureaucrats now appear to believe they have the right to harass and punish local citizens who are deemed not to be behaving in the correct ideological manner."

Leo McKinstry, writing in The Daily Telegraph.

"Our country is increasingly being run by meddlesome functionaries who need to justify their salaries by issuing asinine directives".

The Daily Telegraph.

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." (John Lock 1632-1704).

"A SPECIAL kind of corruption flourishes when governments become too powerful.

It infects public bodies so that they cease to serve the people and turn into the biased and dishonest tools of the State. It puts the friends and families of Ministers in positions of undue influence even although they hold no public office. It is based on the fear of retaliation and the hope of favour. It pollutes the institutions of free government."

The Mail on Sunday.

"The committee, twelve men doing the work of one, reaches a conclusion when they all get tired of thinking, and announces a consensus so that everyone agrees to say collectively what no-one actually believes individually."

The Sunday Telegraph.

"Committees keep minutes and waste hours."

The Yorkshire Post.

"A bureaucrat is a person who defends the status quo long after the quo has ceased to have any status."

The Yorkshire Post.

"You can get no help because your story sounds so paranoid you are thought a crank. It is a strange phenomenon. By setting up a situation that most people will think of as fantasy, the Freemasons can poison every part of a person's life. There is no defence against an evil which only the victims and the perpetrators know exists."

Christopher, a disident Freemason in Stephen Knight's book "The Brotherhood".

"We are as a country seriously imbalanced. We cannot win the economic battle when we have so many people doing non-productive jobs."

Professor Stephen Bush of the Strix Centre for Manufacture at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, quoted in The Daily Telegraph.

"There is a real need to upgrade financial literacy in this country."

Ron Sandler, Chairman of the Personal Finance Education Group, quoted in The Sunday Telegraph.

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite Government programme."

The Sunday Telegraph.

"A president of a democracy is a man who is always ready, willing and able to lay down your life for his country."

The Sunday Telegraph.

"When authority colludes with crime, anarchy rules."

Tony Ward, writing in Athletics Weekly.

"When you become a Mason, you promise not to use your Freemasonry for personal, mutual or financial gain. It just doesn't happen, and even if it did, those responsible would be asked to resign or thrown out."

Chris Connop, Media Manager to the United Grand Lodge of England, quoted in Metro.

"Ignoranus - someone who is not only stupid, but is also an asshole."

The New York Times.

"Residents say: 'Town is a disgrace'."

Gazette (local newspaper) report on the Annual Town Meeting in Berkhamsted.

"A report advising Rotherham Council how to save money and be more efficient had to be re-drafted more than twelve times at a cost of 12,000."

The Guardian.

"Houses are the one consumer good in our free-market economy whose supply is managed via Soviet-style central planning. We have a system where bureaucrats decide where homes are needed, then arrange for them to be constructed through a planning system which is an open invitation to corruption."

The Sunday Telegraph.

"They couldn't give a XXXX"

Gazette (local newspaper) headline above a front page report describing how Dacorum Borough Council had spent 3000 flying in a candidate for the post of Chief Executive from Australia shortly after approving a series of cuts in local services.

"Culpability Brown is dividing Britons into two nations and instituting a form of financial apartheid in old age. On the one hand, there are the fortunate minority who enjoy risk-free, index-linked pensions on the public payroll. On the other hand, there are the poor mugs who must pay for it all."

The Daily Telegraph.

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