Or has it? It is a very bold statement and I don't know how close to the truth it is but it has been made in this Mail Online article by Peter Oborne: Linky I don't know how credible this bloke is or even the rag he works for but it is an interesting statement to consider. Lets argue for the moment that it is true and British government really has collapsed. We still get up in the morning and go to work. As stretched, underfunded and as burdened by pointless bureaucracy as they are the military, police, health service, schools, fire service et al still function and under the circumstances still do a superb job. British society is so far still intact and we haven't yet taken to the streets and trashed the neighbourhood. In fact the only real blow is gargantuan public debt and a big hit in international standing. Okay those last points aren't small ones but hopefully you get my point. Which is this. If central government has collapsed is it now an anachronism? Does British society function in spite of rather than because of central or even local government? If all of the pieces that make us tick are in place and robust enough to function, is government tinkering and interfering rather than ensuring its continued smooth operation? Have we outgrown government? Without going into any detail about why I think the Monarchy should remain other than to say that when all is taken into account I think that they cost far less than they earn for the country as a whole. Okay maybe they do nothing for the Canadians, the Australians, the New Zealanders etc but that is a question these countries need to pose and answer for themselves, we have no say in their constitutional future, but for Britain the monarchy remains an important figurehead whilst the importance of government seems to be slipping away. Okay the problem with this argument is that we still need a good government, by the people, of the people or else when we or our interests are threatened, who will have the authority to mobilise the military or fight our corner on the world stage? Well lets be blunt, this government seem very at ease with itself ordering men and women into harms way but can't seem to fight our corner very effectively at all. I think Parliament needs to be dissolved and I think we need a general election at the earliest and by earliest I mean sometime last year. Sorry. I'm up all night I'm afraid and need a break between sessions with a rather good book.