Opinion: Richard Lambert and John Springford pour cold water on British euroskeptics’ economic arguments for leaving the EU via Project Syndicate – John Gelmini


English: David Cameron Deutsch: David Cameron

English: David Cameron Deutsch: David Cameron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf has identified an interesting article and having met Richard Lambert, I should be impressed by his arguments about the EU.

Sadly, the evidence is not so compelling, as none of the benefits promised by Ted Heath in 1974 when we joined the then EC have come true.

We were promised millions of new jobs, no more European wars and an ability to make the traffic lights stop in Beijing and Washington.

This has not happened and the person in the “box seat” is Angela Merkel. Germany controls Europe and the appointment of key figures in Europe. It has a better educated workforce than we have in the UK, a more equal society and a manufacturing sector.
It is efficiently run, whereas we are not, and unlike us, they are taken seriously by China, the coming superpower.

The UK has an unbalanced economy and should be focusing on South America and the MINT countries for exports but is not doing so.

The UK could also be an attractive tax haven, with fewer people in it modeled on Switzerland and Singapore, and with higher living standards for everyone.

We should engage with Europe as the Norwegians do as part of EFTA, stop the Barnett Formula, give the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish the hard word (either stay or go but no more free lunch) and become neutral.

Instead, thanks to David Cameron, who lacks negotiating skills or military power, we try to be all things to all people, and are are treated as a joke, even within the EU, plus being net financial contributors to the EU, an entity riddled with fraud on a massive scale.

The Chinese Prime Minister on his recent visit was more interested in meeting the Queen who has real power and controls the Commonwealth than he was in meeting Cameron.

Our biggest export market is the Irish Republic, which was originally one of the so called PIIGS and effectively a vassal state to Merkel’s Germany, so 50% of our exports which amount to very little are to a country which until recently was bankrupt.

John Gelmini

Strategy, Politics and Competitiveness: the Decline of Europe

As a regular blogger, I have an unusual vantage on what’s happening in the World, especially in Europe. In the last two years, I have traveled extensively in Asia and seen how Asia’s millennials are better prepared than most of Europe’s millennials, ignoring the children of the privileged and wealthy, of course.

On a daily basis, I compare the media output from China, Russia, Europe and North America.

Let me share some of my observations.

These days, China, Russia and Japan, have strong leaders, with vision and clearly focused on strategic priorities. They are delivering enormous strategic change, improving the competitiveness of their economies.

Meanwhile, the UK, Germany, France and the US are being led by political-fixers. These political fixers focus on short-term political advantage and subordinate strategy. Politics at national, European and local level is about compromise and fire-fighting. Muddled economic thinking in Europe has led to excessive use of austerity, rather than addressing the strategic and structural challenges.

Because of the short-sightedness of political leaders in Germany, France and the UK, Europe is in decline, with enormous numbers of young people, millennials, out of work and probably facing the social exclusion of a life without work.

As an expert in strategy and delivering radical change, I see enormous waste and absence of focus. Politicians and bureaucrats at European, national and local level, are content on

English: Mao of Europe. The continental bounda...

English: Mao of Europe. The continental boundary to Asia as indicated is the standard convention following the Caucasus crest, the Urals River and the Urals Mountains to the Sea of Kara العربية: الخريطة الهجائية لأوروبا (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

feathering their own nests.

Recently, I have been blogging about the absence of an effective European policy on energy that addresses strategic challenges. I have also cited that the way that the EC paternalistically doles out funds to the likes of Cyprus is dysfunctional, politically driven, without a strategic reference point.

Any thoughts on reversing Europe’s decline?


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