Opinion – Nicola Sturgeon: Ed Miliband has made a tactical error in ruling out coalition | Politics | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Ed Miliband lied during the leaders Question Time debate because he knows full well that the electoral arithmetic in Scotland vis-a-vis the SNP is against him.

He is also in denial about the last Labour Government under Gordon Brown and his and Ed Balls’s role in what happened.

If the Labour Party became the largest single party but was short of an outright majority, even with the help of the Liberal Democrats, he would probably fall short of the 323 seats he needs to form a Government, so there would either have to be a second election, or he would have to arrive at a Faustian pact with Alex Salmond, another accomplished truth stretcher, and with Nicola Sturgeon, who at the moment is pretending to be nice to the English until she gets more money for Scotland.

Hopefully, the silent majority of Conservative voters, who have not yet decided what to do will return to the fold when they see that 75% of business-people are against the SNP and against Miliband because they can see the economic damage they could potentially do were they to get their hands on the “levers of power” as Ed Miliband and his backers like to call them.

The same needs to apply to the so-called floating voters, who need to be reminded that there is no such thing as a free-lunch and that voting for the Greens, Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party and independent candidates is a silly indulgence.

UKIP will take Labour votes away but will end up with few MPs.

What we are left with is the need to vote for “call me Dave” and for a Conservative Government with the will to really reduce public expenditure by replacing the current NHS with something better, reducing the profligacy of greedy local authority Chief Executives, reducing the number of councils, constabularies, fire commands and quangos, putting unnecessary civil servants to the sword, clearing out the deadwood in the form of quangocracy and abolishing the BBC licence fee within the course of the 1st half of the next Parliament.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Black Culture Is Not the Problem – NYTimes.com – John Gelmini

The problem is not just down to the police or poverty amongst blacks because other people, like my late mother, came from much greater poverty in Southern Italy than anything experienced by American black youth in Baltimore or anywhere else.

This included working for up to 2 weeks and then being told there was no money to pay her or being fired and offered your old job back in exchange for a bribe.

Any work there was, was back-breaking and poorly paid and started in her case at age 12 as her parents small tenant farmers were so impoverished that they could not afford to keep her at school.
The same is true and to a greater extent of others from the Indian subcontinent, rural areas of China and a lot of other places.

Rioting during the middle of the day is a function of not having enough to do and conditions so vile and unrelenting that you think you have no other choice.

It is also a function of lack of self discipline, lack of male role models (too many absent fathers), drug culture, gang culture, too much junk-food with e-numbers and harmful chemicals, like aspartame making for over exuberant behavior and lack of meaningful work.

Clearly, there is a problem of “The devil making work for idle hands” due to the fact that many blue collar jobs that some of these youngsters could have done in the past have gone to the Far East and now via re-shoring to robots.

The answer is to toughen up the education system via the Troops to Teachers program, then remove these youngsters from their areas and put them into 2 years of National Service many miles from where they live or somewhere like the UK whereby they would be leased to the UK Tri Forces which has a military recruitment problem.

When they emerged from this regime the non academically inclined would go into business boot camps, be taught languages and enabling personal philosophies, again in locations miles from where they used to live.

Brighter youngsters could be fast tracked into university and then into work.

John Gelmini