EPP: EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war | EurActivAs

English: RED SQUARE, MOSCOW. President Putin c...

English: RED SQUARE, MOSCOW. President Putin congratulates veterans on Victory Day. Русский: МОСКВА, КРАСНАЯ ПЛОЩАДЬ. Владимир Путин поздравил ветеранов с Днем Победы. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map to show current affiliations of E...

English: Map to show current affiliations of European Countries with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Several NATO Member areas not included in the map, such as the United States, Canada, Greenland, and French Guiana. Česky: Mapa zobrazující partnerské smlouvy NATO v Evropě a okolí. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a very powerful and deeply alarming article from EurActiv.

via EPP: EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war | EurActiv.

The article highlights latest research and cites the views of right-wing politicians across Europe.

The crux of the argument is that Russia is intent on destroying both the EU and NATO. The response from the hard-liners is  the ‘EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war’.

Russians and military tacticians would laugh at this story. Without the US, Europe is hopelessly weak militarily. The only European countries with significant military forces are France and the UK. Sadly, the UK’s military spending has been savaged in the last four years, with draconian austerity cuts.

As I digested the implications of this article, my mind reflected on the UK election and the negotiations with Iran over nuclear disarmament.

Given how quickly President Putin moved in on Iran to secure advantages for Russia, I speculated on secret meetings between Russians and SNP supporters in Edinburgh?

With Europe talking about war with Russia, surely the UK needs a strong government. Imagine, a Labour Party/SNP alliance and the UK drawn into war, without an effective military capability?

Surely, it makes more sense to pressure the Conservatives to slacken off on austerity and maintain an effective UK military deterrent?

Thoughts?

Universal healthcare and market-based systems aren’t mutually exclusive « Adam Smith Institute

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Adam Smith Institute (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read article from top UK think-tank, the ASI. Check it out!

via Universal healthcare and market-based systems aren’t mutually exclusive « Adam Smith Institute.

It’s reassuring to see the ASI echoing what John Gelmini and I have been saying on this blog for the last four years. Public healthcare in both the UK and the US needs massive reform, based upon strategic change to emulate the world’s best public healthcare systems.

Following on from my doctorate into market-based organizations, I am a passionate advocate that market-focused organizations achieve consistently superior performance.

Sadly, the political debate in the UK continues around perpetuating the myth of the NHS. Propping up the NHS will lead to the start of a UK meltdown.

Thoughts?

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