And my word for today is “sclerotic” - and yes, I had to look it up, although I guessed it was linked to the medical term: ‘becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt.’
This was from Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, in The Guardian, in referring to France and, unfortunately and sadly, there’s a fair bit of truth in that.
In an attempt to put my own observations into the proverbial nutshell; I see the job of ‘running a country’ somewhat akin to the job of ‘being a parent’. As a parent, you want to pass on all the goodness that you can on to your kids so that they can get out there and make the world a better place for themselves and their own kids: in short, you sacrifice.
For a government to make a country thrive, they need to support and assist new enterprises to get off the ground to be in with a chance of a future where they can expand and employ more people - not tax all enthusiasm out of them. People need to feel that it’s worthwhile to get out there and put the effort in. It’s no wonder that so many work on ‘the black’; they feel that anything they make will get snatched off them and vanish into a black hole.
I’d truly love to see a government that sees the sense in helping the people along rather than wringing them out for all it can get - and it can only wring out so much before the tricolored rag is dry and tattered.
Restarting from scratch with the tax system and, perhaps, having a period of amnesty with those on the black, to bring them into the fold of a new, fairer tax system, might be an idea…
I’m no expert and I’m sure that there are some of you out there that have detailed info on the subject and, I’m sure, some will tell me I’m being naïve - I simply think that it needn’t be complicated to make a country thrive; just help new businesses get going - not hinder them.
Mr Street also accuses the French of being too resistant to change and, as a broad generalization, I’d agree with that - but that’s another argument…