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The cook did so, and the Six sitting round the table felt it grow very warm, and they thought this was because of their good fare; but when the heat became still greater and they wanted to go out, but found the doors and windows fastened, then they knew that the King meant them harm and was trying to suffocate them.
EU bureaucracy suffocates initiative WITH time on her hands and a garden full of fruit trees, a housewife in middle England demonstrated initiative and drive to make jam in her kitchen.
To be in the system, one must have the liberty to choose your people and if you can't do so, the system suffocates you.