Earlier today, I re-blogged an excellent article from Benedict Brogan, the Deputy Editor at the Telegraph entitled:
I added my two cents worth of comment and received a comprehensive response from John Gelmini which I am re-blogging below. Whilst, I do not necessarily agree with all of John Gelmini’s arguments, I endorse the broad thrust and direction of his argument. Do you have an opinion that you would like to share?
Whatever cuts George Osborne makes will be too little too late and all because of Cameron and Clegg’s cowardice and the complacency of a Cabinet of largely intellectual lightweights unable and unwilling to act with the speed, decisiveness and ruthlessness to get the job done.
The evidence is that George Osborne will not be allowed to force County Council, Police and Fire Command mergers with suitable de-layering and the sacking of 50% of Local Authority workers who are not needed and never were.
He will do nothing significant to reduce the number of unnecessary Civil Servants, nothing to curb Royal expenditure and the Civil List, and he will do nothing to stop the waste of Afghanistan, the maintenance of a naval task force off the coast of Iran, the use of Special Forces in Syria, and the disgrace of the overseas aid budget overseen until recently by “know your (blank) place”, Andrew Mitchell, a thoroughly useless and unnecessary Minister, even before his recent outburst.
He will impose benefit cuts which the public approve of but will like a lot less when they are applied to them and he will do nothing to create jobs and growth on the scale required.
The new bank will not be up and running until mid 2014 and with just £10 billion of lending capacity it will be too little too late.
Variable taxes on food to reduce the obesity crisis and the costs of the NHS which are out of control will also not apply and the MOD will carry on wasting money along with the Home Office which is failing to control immigration.
Worse than that, because David Cameron has insulted the Chinese publicly so many times, we will not get their Sovereign Wealth Funds building needed infrastructure, so building workers will remain on the dole and blue-collar unemployment will remain higher than it needs to be even after cuts.
Frankly, we would do better outsourcing the entire Government to the Swiss or the Singaporeans, both of whom would do a far better job than this sorry collection of lame ducks, idle Civil Servants, establishment, “has-beens” and public school educated Ministers lacking in drive, any sense of urgency, or commonsense.