Further Opinion – Brexit repeal bill: Labour fails to defeat Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill in ‘deeply disappointing’ late-night Commons vote | London Evening Standard – John Gelmini

Nothing short of National Service will solve the youth unemployment crisis, the military recruitment crisis, the obesity and couch potato crisis and the rampant in discipline and fecklessness which exists.

Two years of National Service, followed by business mentoring for the intellectually challenged, would more than pay for itself by eliminating NEETS who number more than 1.4 million, fixing youth crime and the associated policing and custodial costs.

While people were serving abroad in barracks or Navy ships they would not require homes. These could be built using refurbished shipping containers, 3D printing and systems assembly on brownfield land during the period of overseas service.

Benefits would be turned into universal income, which would require work in exchange. People with normal jobs or businesses would be able to keep this income but would pay a flat tax on all of it plus their universal income. Benefit recipients would get universal income tax-free but would do work as directed based on their capabilities but from 16 to 18 everyone with few exceptions would do compulsory National Service.

Warfighting would be undertaken by regular troops, supplemented by robots, and drones with those in National Service undertaking support and logistics roles under supervision.

John Gelmini

Opinion – The U.S. Opioid Epidemic | Council on Foreign Relations

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Here’s an outstanding, must-read update on the US Opioid Epidemic. It reports that opioid addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

Source: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic | Council on Foreign Relations

For me, this was a balanced article but it probably didn’t go far enough in looking at the barriers.

Opioids are regular major news, ranking with weather disasters and terrorist attacks in major news outlets. This week, for example, the NYT reported ‘Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, City Safety‘.

The viewpoint on the ‘Opioid Epidemic’ is vastly different, depending upon the stakeholder perspective, including addicts and their families, the $35 Billion addiction treatment industry, the big ‘pharma’ companies, the drug cartels, big corporates, public healthcare, and the political classes.

If you read the Council on Foreign Relations article very carefully, you will perhaps see that the dots are not properly joined up. Clearly, this is a strategic problem affecting public health, economic output and national security, so a strategic solution is required. The initiative has to come from Trump’s administration but so far, he’s seems way behind the curve.

Drug abuse is by far the largest cause of death for America’s under fifties. It particularly hits the white poorly education, unskilled or semi-skilled who have lost job and security opportunities in modern America. Perhaps, part of Trump’s dilemma depends upon who’s got his ear this week, the nationalists or the globalists?

Thoughts?