Dr Alf brings us an interesting piece from the FT but for Mrs May the honeymoon has already ended.
Hubris about Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn is all well and good but people will want delivery as business as usual and promises that things will “take time” with no intention to do anything will no longer cut it here or anywhere else.
Brexit will be one area where backsliding will not be tolerated and grammar schools will become a needless distraction that will cause splits.
What is needed is comprehensive schools run by bodies other than local authorities with “setting” in relevant subjects run on Singaporean lines plus two years of compulsory national service and longer school hours, whole class teaching, foreign language teaching, PE and rigorous discipline.
Burying austerity is fine but where is the export and inward investment strategy to replace what David Cameron and his “Dreaming Spires” men and woman failed to do?
Similarly, the House of Lords needs to be abolished and British big business needs the Bunsen burner treatment for its corpulent and lazy chief executives and useless, risk averse boards of overpaid golfers and out of touch plutocrats who think and know that they can do whatever they like.
Real founding directors who create jobs and deliver export led growth should be supported and can earn extraordinary amounts of money justifiably but the rest are not “world class” business people as they pretend to be but are grossly overpaid “because I’m worth its” whose pay needs to be a more sensible multiple of average earnings to reflect what they actually deliver.
Mrs May makes speeches about the police but still there is no real reform of constabulary numbers, councils are still far too numerous and even the Boundary Commission changes are far too small, we need a 67% reduction in the number of MPs not a 10% reduction introduced too slowly.
Executive pay, worker productivity, the NHS, strikes in essential public services and the obesity and dementia crisis are all things that need to be tackled with messianic vigor with examples made.
Local authorities, police and fire commands, the NHS and the BBC act as roadblocks to economic reform.
Simply cutting funding and hoping that those in charge will get the message is not enough so to provide an example May needs to fire Jeremy Hunt, ban strikes in essential public services and fire an replace the junior doctors still demanding 30% more money for weekend working (nothing to do with patient care). Privatising the BBC would be another useful step, as would a National police force with the British Transport police, the City and Corporation of London police, the Nuclear police all merged into a new flat structure with one Chief Constable and a clear-out of the other 45 pensioned off.