Opinion: China and Greece: be good partners in peace, growth, reform and civilization – People’s Daily Online – John Gelmini

English: Maps shows a group of countries known...

English: Maps shows a group of countries known as the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain), shown in #FF0000. Since 2009, Ireland (#CC6666) and the United Kingdom (#CC9999) have been suggested as members, creating PIIGS or PIIGGS, the additional “G” standing for Great Britain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not only are the Chinese coming to the Eastern Mediterranean as Dr Alf suggests but they are already there.

During the financial crisis, the Chinese bought several Greek islands and helped Greece with some of its debts, whilst Germany and other European countries saw them as part of the PIIGS problem.

CNOC will want to tap into the huge oil and gas deposits off and probably in Cyprus, and they want a warm weather port in the West to break out of the shackles, as they see it, of Western encirclement.

John Gelmini

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