The State is threatening to many people who work hard, try to provde for their own families, and wish to keep out of the way of officialdom.
The motorist is hounded by an avalanche of official rules and regulations. If a driver fails to notice, misunderstands or fails to comply with some minor part of the enormous encyclopaedia of rules, he or she will be fined. There are very complex rules on how and where to park, how much to pay for parking, how to display tickets, how to proceded in a box junction, endlessly varying speed limits in apparently similar conditions, varying rules on access to bus lanes. The motorist feels the state is out to stop him getting to work or going to the shops. Often it appears that unworkable requirements have been introduced just to increase the fines revenue.
The government lectures the motorist not to use the car so much. It forces up the taxes on motoring, from Vehicle Excise Duty, to new car taxes, to petrol and diesel duty and VAT. The state is reluctant to explain how many of us can do other than go by car for many of the journeys we wish to make, given the inadequacies of public transport outside central London.
The worker is hounded by the tax system which always want more of the money he earns to pay for the ever rising public spending. The homebuyer faces higher Stamp duties, the family has to pay higher VAT on the things it needs for living, more and more people are dragged into the 40% tax band, whilst anyone who dares to earn a six figure salary is regularly pilloried by politicians and required to pay more one way or another.
The owners and managers of small and medium sized enterprises are constantly forced to read and understand more regulations. Their attention is often diverted from their customers and managing their output and sales, to managing a wide range of matters that the state thinks are more important. Business owners are often attacked for failures to live up to standards on a wide range of issues which the public sector often does not achieve. Businesses are accused of paying too little tax, of paying low wages, and of charging too much.
Many people who pay their own way in the world and who work hard think they get a rotten deal from the state. They think the state takes too much money off them in tax, wastes too much of their tax revenue, and imposes far too many rules on them. They feel the state is not there for them. If their home is broken into, or if they need hospital treatment, they are often disappointed with the level and speed of service on offer for them.