Opinion – UK faces tightest squeeze on household incomes for five years | Business | The Guardian – John Gelmini

We will probably not get a hard Brexit at all, given May’s precarious position, the weakness of Davis as a negotiator and the lack of real preparation to get the country “match fit” and ready to face economic reality.

As Dr Alf knows , no-one has articulated the need for greater UK worker productivity and the need for them to not be lazy and to take the jobs, if qualified to do them of the migrants they no longer want if indeed they ever did. The alternative will be automation, RPO, offshoring and robotics. Britains bosses currently building cash mountains, not exporting, not selling and not delivering need to be talked to sternly and all their unjustified bonuses taxed away unless they perform.

May cannot have this conversation so we are facing wage restrictions, more unemployment and even worse public services.

With the same people we are going to get nowhere so we need to put May out of her misery and replace her Cabinet of ageing also rans.

Austerity which should have been applied as a 2 year shock and awe measure has of course gone on for far too long and must be scrapped by May’s successor who must be young, telegenic, capable, fearless and willing to street fight.

So far the 1922 Committee has been slow and weak, they must recover their ruthless streak, put May to the sword and force restructuring.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Let Theresa May stay at No 10 for the summer, top Tories tell MPs | Politics | The Guardian

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The Guardian reports that party chiefs warn against plot to install David Davis as leader before the summer holidays.

Source: Let Theresa May stay at No 10 for the summer, top Tories tell MPs | Politics | The Guardian

Whilst, it’s clear that May’s going, the golden questions are ‘when’ and ‘who’.

But the ‘elephants in the room‘ are fear of losing an early election and bringing in a Marxist government to the UK.

It’s worth exploring how the politics of the major parties have changed in recent years.

Firstly, let’s remember that the Labour Party was hijacked by shadowy Far-Left radicals, for whom Jeremy Corbyn is their puppet. For me, Jeremy Corbyn is the ‘Pied Piper of Islington‘ and we know how that story ended. Tories are worried about precipitating a Marxist government in the UK, either with or without a revolution. The first paradox for Labour is that the Far-Left radicals hold increasing power, not the legally elected MPs. There is a second paradox for Labour. The Marxist experiment has failed in practice and socialism, with ‘big government’ has been widely discredited. The fault line for socialism has shifted from radicalism to being the new conservatives, desperately trying to preserve the welfare state but that has been widely discredited by both exploitation and ineffectiveness. Yet Corbyn and his shadowy Far Left supporters ignore the evidence, passionately believing that the end justifies the means. This is the risk of the ‘Pied Piper of Islington’.

Secondly, we need to look at the Conservative Party and their supporters. Traditionally, conservatism has been about preserving ‘ old values’. When existing institutions have become bloated by socialism, we find that conservatism has embraced a form of radicalism. The champions of radical ideas have become the ‘New Right‘. But there have been two prevailing targets, firstly, bureaucracy at home, viz. the public sector, and secondly, bureaucracy in Europe, viz. the EU. The ‘New Right’ are sometimes called neoliberals, passionately believing in the indefinite expansion of market forces. We have seen the left and the right of the Conservative Party championing polarized positions. The left of the conservative party championed social and economic liberalism, moving with the times and supporting a measure of progressivism. It’s not clear whether the right of the Conservative Party are simply champions of ‘Old Conservatism’ supporting hierarchy, aristocracy and the individual over the state. At the same time, it’s necessary to understand the voters who favour conservatism. When I talk to many traditional Conservative voters they cannot articulate their politics – most are simply in fear of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Government and a potential Marxist state.

We also need to pick up a third thread. The Conservatives have been too weak to embrace radicalism. Since the 2008 financial crash, the Conservatives have favoured prolonged and progressive austerity, rather than radical change to the public sector. By comparison, the late Margaret Thatcher was a champion of radical change and the ‘New Right’.

But there is perhaps a fourth thread, namely the ‘push-back of the people’. The people are tired of austerity which has resulted in a collapse of public services and secondly the people are increasingly angry at the emerging economic hardship of Brexit.

The Conservatives know that to win the next election and keep Britain from possibly becoming a Marxist state, they must choose a ‘champion of the people’. It’s unlikely that the big beasts of the party, including Davies, Johnson and Hammond, can become a popular champion.

Personally, I believe that there’s a popular appeal with:

  • World class public services, recognizing the need for radical reform to offer the world’s best public services with oustanding value for money
  • Maximizing value for money in public services as an ethos across central and local government
  • Strong and effective law and order, with an appropriate defense force
  • Taxes low enough to attract investment and highly skilled professionals
  • Preserving the integrity of open markets
  • Championing the peoples’ interests against extremism
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Mobilizing those out of work with public service
  • A balanced approach to immigration, recognizing the need for expertise but also recognizing the size of the country and the changing demographic profile
  • Soft Brexit, preserving Britain’s place in Europe and in the wider world.

Here’s an open question:

So who’s going to beat the ‘Pied Piper of Islington?’


[For further reading I would recommend: ‘Beyond Left and Right: The Future of Radical Politics – Anthony Giddens]