Opinion – Theresa May accused of dishonesty over ‘dementia tax’ U-turn amid campaign disarray | The Independent – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right and Nick Timothy who inserted this “dementia tax” proposal into the Manifesto needs to be 1st for the chop.

People who fritter away all their money, people in Scotland and people in Wales all get free Adult Social Care but everyone else in England who owns a house (average house prices are £317,000 GBP) will pay the cost of their care.

It is obvious that this is unsustainable but why is foreign aid, the Barnett Formula, the House of Lords, the number of MPs, the waste in local authorities (overmanning and numbers), not up for discussion?

Aggressive re-enablement would cut Adult Social Care recipient numbers by 33%, a fat-tax/variable taxes on foods would bring that to 50% and a programme of Adult Social Care being outsourced to India for those who cannot pay, whose relatives cannot or will not look after them, would deal with the rest at much lower cost.

Nick Timothy, and his co stooge Fiona Hill, have much to answer for but the buck stops with Mrs May who appointed them.

May will win but with a smaller majority than predicted and will not go “the distance” with the EU negotiations because her ponderous negotiating tactics are too slow, too easy to predict and easily blocked. Indeed she may not go the distance at all, and will be replaced by someone of sterner stuff who is hopefully not an Etonian “posh boy” but someone who can street fight with the intellectual capacity for long range thinking as well as pragmatism.

John Gelmini

Trump’s NATO Article 5 problem | Brookings Institution

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Flag of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Español: Bandera de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN). Polski: Flaga Paktu Północnoatlantyckiego (NATO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International think-tank, Brookings Institution, reports that the Brussels mini-summit is supposed to affirm the relevance of the alliance in the Trump era but there is a risk that it could severely undermine it. It highlights that President Trump is the only American president since NATO’s founding who has not explicitly endorsed Article 5.

Source: Trump’s NATO Article 5 problem | Brookings Institution

So far, Trump’s trip to the Middle East has gone surprisingly well and the US stock market has rallied accordingly.

But if Trump’s fails to affirm NATO Article 5, he’ll have an international crisis that will dwarf his domestic crisis over links with Russia.

I’m not a Trump supporter but his speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel were statesman-like even if he avoided a number of important areas that will anger liberals.