Opinion – European spring – Trust in the EU and democracy is recovering | Bruegel – John Gelmini

There is no real evidence that trust in the EU and democracy is recovering and the economic problems which led to the youth unemployment problems that DrAlf writes about are still there and worsening.

The EU as a whole is £4.4 trillion GBP in debt and is not exporting enough to clear even a fraction of that debt other than in Germany and Holland which do enough to cover their needs but not much more.

The problems of the PIIGS remain, with Greece ready to implode financially and the rich countries of the EU refusing at the moment to bail Greece out. The Italian banks are insolvent, Portugal despite the best efforts of Professor Michael Porter of Harvard University to help the government there, remains stubbornly uncompetitive.

In France, Macron has yet to explain how he proposes to create French jobs in the face of technology and global competition whilst preserving the French way of life.

Europe may be recovering economically but the pace of that recovery is pitifully slow and insufficient to build hope and trust in a better future or deal with the prospect of doubled migration of economic migrants from the countries of the African Union aided and facilitated by President Erdogan.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Conservatives back-track on £60m pledge for primary school breakfasts | The Independent – John Gelmini

As a Conservative I find Mrs May’s Manifesto a joke.

School breakfast and dinner should be free because with proper nutrition children can learn and perhaps gain enough skills to earn a living in the future in a role not easily undertaken by a robot or automation.

The alternative is the dole which costs money.

Jamie Oliver the celebrity chef has been trying to make these points to Blair, Brown and now May plus her officials and civil servants.

They are commonsense points but seemingly lost on these brain dead people.

One does not need to be a Chartered Accountant with a Doctorate in Business Administration like Dr Alf to know that “Strong and Stable Leadership” cannot be delivered unless you cost and decision tree your programmes for risk and impact.

This has not been done which is insulting people’s intelligence and taking us for fools.

Clearly that is what Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill think of us and even those of us who are natural Conservative supporters as I have been since the age of 10.

When undertaking risk analysis for my business clients and when on interim assignment I cannot afford not to be careful because a client could sue being well within his/her rights to say that relevant factors were omitted or not properly considered and that he/she lost or stood to lose financially.

Here we are talking about the whole country yet when pressed Hammond has got his predictions wildly wrong, Timothy fails to cost accurately and fails to think things through, May wings it and the three stooges are out of their depth on Brexit.

Hill is as bad as Timothy and Brokenshire, Rudd, Fallon, Greening are all lacklustre performers who contradict each other particularly when it comes to immigration and Brexit and their own portfolios.

The solution to these lame ducks should be instant dismissal and replacement and May needs to up her game or be given a Samurai sword so that she can commit Seppuku (ritual disembowelment as an act of remorseful contrition for performing disgracefully). This won’t happen of course but her landslide majority is shrinking with each policy mistake and uncosted proposal with holes in it.

John Gelmini