Opinion – 7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – The Washington Post – John Gelmini

Dr Alf wonders when the Donald will be hounded out of office or impeached?. At the current speed of events, I would rule out impeachment, which leaves being forced out or resigning.

Being forced out makes for great theatre, so that Trump can say that he did his best, that his enemies were bad people, wanting to do the little man down, and that Mike Pence was a good man, ready to carry on the great work that he (Donald Trump) has already started).

With one more great bombastic flourish, he can do this in the run-up to next Easter, having reflected deeply over Christmas and New Year.

Then he can go back to creating a new business, having left his sons in charge and using what he has learned from the eight months thus far, he can start to live vicariously in a political sense, through his daughter, Ivanka, who after 2.5 years of grooming can be readied to run as the first female presidential candidate in 2022 or 2026, if the first attempt fails.

A lot depends on the state of the US economy, on which Lord Rothschild recently commented when he said that he thought the days of quantitative easing had probably run their course. He reinforced his prognosis by moving billions out of the USA and into investments in the Far East, which indicates to me that for the time being he foresees a correction at best, or a recession at worst, or is preparing for the planned war that nobody outside of the Neocons and the Military Industrial Complex want.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Drug and alcohol treatment funding slashed across England by 16% in four years | The Independent

In an exclusive article, the Independent reports that spending on drug and alcohol support services across England has been slashed over the past four years. The Independent reveals that as death and ill-health linked to substance abuse soars to record levels, exclusive figures show that local councils have had to reduce budgets by tens of millions of pounds since 2013, which experts say is creating a “vicious cycle” that is leaving the needs of seriously vulnerable addicts unmet.

Source: Drug and alcohol treatment funding slashed across England by 16% in four years | The Independent

Austerity has been a monumental failure, cutting public services and quality – a true omni-shambles. The Conservative Government and it’s predecessor coalition were too weak to embrace radical change to public services (as advocated by John Gelmini & myself on this blog). Cameron and Osborne had no cohesive strategy and placed too much emphasis on austerity, which was tactical and erroneously applied. Now Theresa May’s government again has no robust strategy, other than Brexit – and Brexit promises to be another Black Hole for Britain.

Of course, the Independent is right and full marks for highlighting the case. But close examination of the evidence of the opioid epidemic in the US highlights that even the Independent is way behind the curve. Like the US, Britain must expect a substance abuse pandemic.

Meanwhile, British politicians are enjoying their lengthy Summer holidays.

What a mess!