Opinion – ‘It’s essential to life’: Ofwat’s Rachel Fletcher sets a new course for water – via the Guardian

Social contracts‘ proposed in this article are for the birds. In a fashionable term, it’s ‘highly nebulous’! A Far-Left Labour will try to re-nationalize public utilities, financial constraints permitting. A Conservative government needs to look to populism for the way forward. Across Europe people are distrustful of elites and experts. ‘Ordinary people’ know about UK former nationalized industries, their costs and their service/quality levels. I totally disagree with this op-ed Guardian article by Ofwat’s, Rachel Fletcher. A Conservative Government needs a radical change agenda for public services – the best place to start is to fire the regular and start again with ‘zero based design’. For another industry, consider British Air Transport, with their Third World quality/service levels, but lots of status quo cost-plus facilities – fundamentally wrong in  oligopolies.  Thoughts?

Opinion – Trump sets stage for trade war with Europe via Twitter rant against carmakers – Slate

Here’s a breaking news story published by Slate. Trump is threatening trade wars with Europe, targeting car companies. Junckner says that Levy jeans and bourbon whiskey would be targets for retaliation. Meanwhile, Britain’s lame duck prime minister, Theresa May, will defend her government’s Brexit plans on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

It’s time for Trump to face reality. US productivity does not compete with international markets effectively because of deep-rooted problems, including management, quality and trade unions. And Trump needs to fix obesity and the opioid epidemic too. Americans aspire to German cars because of superior quality.  Perhaps Obama should have let US carmakers go to wall? Let’s not forget that US corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes in Europe.

But Angela Merkel, with her fragile political base, will no doubt be quick to protect the interests of German carmakers.

Against this potential global trade war, Brits are expected to believe Theresa May and her supporting ‘Ultras’ that all will come right after Brexit.

Thoughts?