Would a Labour Government be able to effectively redress Cameron’s follies and strengthen the UK’s status with Europe, the US, Russia and China? – John Gelmini

Ed Milliband MP speaking at the Labour Party c...

Ed Milliband MP speaking at the Labour Party conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf poses a simple question to which the answer has to be “no!”

The Labour Party has already said that there is no new money and that it will follow George Osborne‘s spending plans.

Unless there are more exports, or they plan to borrow more money, there is no more money for defense.

An island nation spending beyond its means, with an army smaller than that of some banana republics, no coastal protection vessels and a tiny navy, cannot be taken seriously, whether it is under Cameron‘s watch or Miliband’s, assuming the latter became Prime Minister.

Lord West, an expert on navies and sea power, has said on Radio 4 that with just seventeen escort vessels, it is little short of a scandal.

Last week, 1000 soldiers were sacked and plans to replace them with reservists are nowhere near on track, nor credible.

Without a lot of spending on defense, a massive increase in exports to pay for things, we are effectively relegated to a passive role on the sidelines, unable to project military power or give anyone cause for pause.

The credible scenarios now are:

  1. Remain in the EU and contribute to a European Army
  2. Become a plug and play component of the US military
  3. Leave the EU, become neutral and become an offshore tax haven

Ed Miliband, if he lasts the distance, will not go for the third option, so the result will be one of the two, unless he plans to reintroduce National Service and introduce conscription, which the Army has said it does not want.

John Gelmini

Opinion – A Unified Theory of Hillary – NationalJournal.com – John Gelmini

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillar...

Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf poses an interesting question, namely “Any thoughts on Hilary Clinton as the likely next President of the US”?

Barring ill health, mental incapacity, an unfortunate accident, or a meteorite strike on Mrs Clinton, the Republicans look fractious and divided, and most of her Democratic opposition too inexperienced to beat her.

There are problems with gun control, Obamacare and what to do with all the people displaced by technology and with America‘s response to militant Islam and to China.

These suggest that someone with experience in the job is needed, not a telegenic rank outsider who understands America but does not understand the wider world.

President Obama is a failure, a model of dithering, procrastination and indecision.

Mrs Clinton is none of those things, so despite disillusion with the political process, she is likely to win and become the next President because the rest of the contenders are not up to the job and are seen as such.

John Gelmini

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