Revolution in the UK Economy Part 2

This is a second part to my thinking about the future direction of the UK economy and just as I touched on the NHS in my previous post, in this I will be using the Armed Forces as the basis of looking into the future. Rather like the NHS, the Armed Forces combine expensive hardware and the need for considerable manpower and all paid from tax payer funds.

Unlike the NHS though, armed forces spending is constantly being squeezed and budgets are always under extreme pressure but there is a problem with that because the forces need to combine being a deterrent to potential aggressors with always being action ready so there is only so much cutting that can be done. Continue Reading →

Will They Ever Learn ?

The other day, François Hollande, Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi of Italy met up for a conference as the three largest economies of the EU, to decide on the way forward following Brexit and all the other issues that the EU and Eurozone in particular face. This was a sensible move as Italy has some very serious economic problems, both France and Germany have general elections next year and there is no “EU View” yet on how to deal with Brexit.

Unfortunately, arranging such a meeting was far easier than anything that emerged from it except alarmingly, a call that amounts to “More Europe”, do these people never learn ? Continue Reading →

Finally We Get There

Finally the other day, David Cameron talked about the one key issue in the EU Referendum debate, the question of Security, although the conclusions he drew were totally wrong and his advice to the electorate to vote ‘Remain’ should be ignored because his view is far too narrow and fails to grasp the significance of the times we live in.

Regardless of your personal view of the EU and however you intend to vote on June 23rd, there can be absolutely no doubt that a peaceful and prosperous Europe is totally in the best interests of the United Kingdom, the real debate is upon how this is best achieved and in the context of our Referendum, whether voting to Leave will serve that aim better than voting to Remain. Continue Reading →

Brexit and UK Security

Following the bomb attacks in Brussels, both sides in the EU Referendum campaign have sought to use this tragic event to advance their respective causes. For the IN camp, “Our security depends on being part of the EU”, for the OUT camp, “We would be better able to control our borders against terror attacks from outside the EU”.

Neither statement is true and like general statements put forward by members of the Government with regard to security in the broadest sense, ignore the realities of the current situation. Continue Reading →

The Problems of Leadership

Europe has always been divisive in both the main political parties but if anything, far more so for the Conservatives so it must be quite frustrating for experienced Labour politicians to see the “golden opportunity” of attacking the Tories going begging because of the Labour Party getting hung up on Trident because of Corbyn and his cronies.

The truth is that over 500 rebellions against your party whip whilst a backbench Labour MP, really isn’t the best training ground for becoming the Leader of that party. Continue Reading →

Will It Make a Difference ?

Possibly next week we shall see the Government bring forward a motion for Parliament to approve the extension of bombing missions to cover Syria as well as Iraq and following the events in Paris, it is likely that the motion will be passed.

I suppose the basic question and the one most employed by the foot dragging and reluctant MPs on all sides in the House of Commons is whether British involvement will make much difference in military terms. The answer to that in the purely military sense is likely not very much however, it is the wrong question in the first place because it is far too narrow. Continue Reading →

A Predicament for Corbyn

On Sunday apart from attending the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph, Jeremy Corbyn got into a row over remarks made by Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton the Chief of the Defence Staff who said that he would be unhappy if there was a PM who had publicly stated that they would not use Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

This led to an interesting situation. On the one hand it is a fact that our armed forces do not involve themselves in politics and are subservient to the will of Parliament. However and on the other, Corbyn by his stance over nuclear weapons, historical though it may be, places the armed forces in a ridiculous position were he ever to become Prime Minister. Continue Reading →

Replacing Trident

Not just because of Jeremy Corbyn or the SNP but looked at rationally, one might properly conclude that replacing our nuclear deterrent is an act of total madness. To spend such vast amounts of money on such a hideously obscene weapons system that we as a Country would never resort to as our first strike weapon must be total nonsense and hardly worth any debate before we cancel the whole thing and opt for unilateral nuclear disarmament.

Or is the above the whole story and does it make sense ? Continue Reading →

Extending the Idea of Volunteers

In an earlier post ( http://baldysblog.co.uk/2014/12/06/us-oaps-can-help/ ), I was looking at sustaining the NHS as an affordable public service and specifically caring for the over 60s which had led me to ponder the use of using unpaid volunteers in certain roles specifically getting the fit over 60s to help care for the ailing over 60s. Since then I have had a couple of other ideas where it might be possible to both increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of another major area whilst tackling other social problems.

So this post looks at using volunteers in the provision of Defence but set against the background of the current and projected global situation and in particular the impacts on youth employment. I hope it makes for interesting reading. Continue Reading →

Not That Easy

The following headline and sub head from the Telegraph is easy to laugh at which no doubt is why they published it: “Create an EU army to keep back the Russians, Jean-Claude Juncker suggests. European Commission president says pooling Europe’s defence resources could help send a message to Vladimir Putin”.

The obvious answer is that if NATO is insufficient as a deterrent to Putin then a “United States of Europe” Army is no more likely to be so. However, the real reasons run deeper than that, the intricacies far more complex and exploring Mr Junkers ‘proposition as I attempt to below is worth an attempt. Continue Reading →