Lao Tzu, about 2,500 years ago, provided some guidance on governing that should still be the mantra of Conservatives today …
… we have too many laws, too many regulations, too many “restrictions and prohibitions” and too many people managing and administering and enforcing them all. And it all costs too much money.
I’m not sure I want the civil service (or the unformed (armed) services, either) to be any more “sluggish,” but those in government should start from the knowledge that, left alone, left to manage themselves in their own families and neighbourhoods, most “people will be honest and free from guile.”
Lao Tzu was right, would-be Conservative leaders should pay attention.