Planting a new tree

by Elias Blum



“Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

This is the point about the importance of constitutional structure. Those who expect the UK state to start delivering progressive policies, if only there were a Labour government, are expecting a bad tree to bring forth good fruit; they are expecting an oligarchic system to behave and to deliver like a democracy should. But that can not and will not happen. Oligarchy does as oligarchy is, it brings forth rotten policies and rotten behaviour from its rotten nature. We don’t need a new government, we need a new state; not another rotten fruit from the same corrupt tree, but a new tree.