Can We Avoid Calamities ?

This piece is another about change and how we can prepare ourselves and society for it in such a way as to make people feel that the inevitable burdens imposed by it are being fairly shared by one and all. However one the biggest challenges during such times will always come from those with a vested interest in the status quo because and inevitably, rather than seeing themselves as the Luddite obstructors they are, they will portray themselves as “up holding standards” for society in whatever field they happen to be from.

Britain is an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary country but never the less, major changes have too often only been accepted by our society only as the result of calamities. Continue Reading →

Post October EU Summit

I must confess to a growing admiration for Theresa May because however desirable and irresistible to a politician the“Top Job” may be, to have it under the circumstances she has to shoulder must be a less than a stellar experience for her and her husband, they both must have some steel in them.

Typical of the problems she has to face is illustrated by a rather sneering article in The Economist: https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21730529-europes-leaders-offer-theresa-may-qualified-support-they-want-britains-money-britain-seeks Continue Reading →

Total Nonsense in the Westminster Bubble

I cannot say that Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC is one of my favourite political journalists because she isn’t, like the predecessors in her role for the BBC, she too has become far too full of herself, too clever by half and not thoughtful enough. If has always amused me that a corporation funded from taxation, feels the need to be as ‘sensational’ as the commercial media when they have actually been given the opportunity to do a high quality job when it comes to the ‘News’.

The problem and echoed by Nicola Sturgeon this week in Edinburgh is that both the politicians and journalists get so bound up in the minutia of their trade that instead of speaking to the public, they are really talking in a closed room to and among themselves. To us outside of this bubble, it most often sounds like childish nonsense and generates no respect for them, no wonder the public baulk at the idea of paying MPs proper wages. Continue Reading →

A Basic Income

John Rentoul, a journalist who often writes common sense articles, wrote one concerning the idea of a “Basic Income” which he considers a very bad idea. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/basic-income-pilots-scotland-ubi-glasgow-finland-canada-ontario-switzerland-referendum-refuses-to-a7505561.html

In terms of the State paying a basic income to everyone regardless, I would agree it not only doesn’t make economic sense but it also represents the worse aspects of a “moral hazard” for society as a whole. There can never ever be a “something for nothing” in any transaction between the State and its citizens, there must always be a balance struck between rights and obligations for both sides. Continue Reading →

Revising British Politics – OAPs

The New Year’s Honours have been greeted by some, one might say the usual suspects with disdain over the continued use of “Empire” in some awards plus the “buggins turn” whereby senior civil servants get an award just based upon rank and service rather than any attempt at justification by personal merit.

This post does not focus on the Honours System which much like the BBC gets hit as an Aunt Sally from all sides of the political spectrum when people feel disgruntled about something and for whatever reason. This post is focused on what reforms we can make to our political system so that it is seen as more relevant and more responsive to, more people. Continue Reading →

The Irrelevance of the EU and Globalisation

Perhaps the most interesting thing concerning Brexit, votes in the Commons on the Brexit timetable and the case at the Supreme Court is just how totally irrelevant it all is to our immediate future as too is ‘globalisation’. Although all the “middle class and better educated” cling onto the idea that somehow the EU and Globalisation are essential benefits to their ways of life in truth they are being total Luddites in their thinking.

Or if you prefer, they are suffering from the same lack of imagination that saw all the guns at Singapore pointing out to sea when the Japanese, being rather unsporting, attacked from the land side which it being the ‘Panto Season’, is definitely a case of “Look behind you white liberal idiots !” Continue Reading →

Politicians Talking Crap

Whilst it might seem unfair to pick upon the Labour Leadership contest as that political party sets out to implode, it is never the less fair game because one of the candidates, Owen Smith seeks to claim that the “Tories are privatising the NHS”. Whilst one can understand that this is a shibboleth specifically designed to appeal to Labour Party members against a background where his chances of winning the leadership seem rather slim, as a statement it is both a lie and an insult to the intelligence of the public at large.

However it is not the “lie” that is important in this case but rather what that lie says about the state of mind of us the electorate and from that, how the language of politics needs to change radically in order that we as a Country can face the challenges of our immediate future. 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 →

Unintended Consequences

There was a really interesting piece in the Telegraph by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on the Greek crisis which basically puts the post referendum mess down to the Greek PM not expecting to win it.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11724924/Europe-is-blowing-itself-apart-over-Greece-and-nobody-can-stop-it.html

This is worth a read whether you agree with the opinion and view expressed or not but the reason I highlight it is because it fits with a view I have always had that often, very often, people and especially politicians go down a path without realising that the Law of Unintended Consequences will apply to their decisions. Continue Reading →

Life is Wedge Shaped

This rather personal post is a “thinking out loud” piece more than a moan about anything and part of the reason I’m writing it is to illustrate in action something I believe in with regard to sustaining and supporting the NHS.

To my mind the NHS is unsustainable, at least in terms of what people expect from it and imagine it to be, in its current form. There are only three things that can sustain it in the years ahead, the use of technology, using unpaid volunteers extensively and the BIG breakthrough, getting people to take charge of their own health from early in life and all the way through. Continue Reading →