“Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges”
– Tacitus, Annals, Book III, 27
Translation: The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
Variant: The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
Original Quote: And now bills were passed, not only for national objects but for individual cases, and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt.
Your humble blogger always finds it bemusing to hear politicians – of all stripes and colours – proudly boast that their passing more new laws is a “record of achievement.” One that somehow proves they are doing a good job.
Indeed, our present ALP government has made it something of go to slogan of self-praise … and self defense. Especially when their manifest incompetence – record debt, endless deficits, bungled “stimulus”, bungled mining tax, failed asylum-seeker policy, et al – is pointed out.
Naturally, the mainstream media parrot the politicians’ crapola without thought:
But is the Gillard government really as ”incompetent” as it seems? Despite the drama, the Parliament under Gillard has passed 485 bills since the end of 2010… Over a similar period, the Rudd government had 409 bills passed, while the Howard government passed 520 in its final three years.
Ok, maybe our politicians are not “incompetent” after all.