Opinion – Boris’s Britain: How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North, James Forsyth, the Spectator


Boris Johnson is planning to replicate industrial strategy successes in both the Silicon Valley and Israel as template for future UK prosperity and a blueprint for defeating reactionary & extremist forces that are threatening the political order across the world. This is according to James Forsyth, the political editor of the New Statesman.  Forsyth outlines the three pivotal components of Boris Johnson’s plan as:
  1. Better infrastructure
  2. Active state support for research
  3. Free ports

In terms of risks, Forsyth cites improvements at the NHS.

 At this stage, it’s too easy to pitch in and challenge this ambitious outline plan.

But there are a few important points based upon my many years of delivering strategic change:

  • Rigorous independent risk assessment
  • Robust economic and financial modelling
  • Reject cronyism
  • Stop politicians from meddling
  • Go for the world best independent experts, rejecting offering of ‘one-stop’ consultancies
  • Enormous investment in focused retraining and re-skilling
  • Open up job competition to the world’s best to raise standards
  • Manage the roll-out using Action Research principles, regularly kicking the tires to validate the way forward.


Opinion – Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian – George Mobiot – Top Blogs Revisited

I’m reblogging this popular blog because neoliberalism is once again under attack in muddled left-wing argument. Left-wing writers fail to address productivity, skills, investment and financing a larger public sector, especially in the UK, with a smaller national cake post Brexit. Conservative politicians are guilty too, forgetting the successes of Reagan and Thatcher on the back of neoliberal intervention. Now conservative politicians prefer the discredited ‘traditional conservatism‘ or the flaky platform of the neocons.

Source: Opinion – Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian – George Mobiot

Surely, it’s time for conservative politicians to stop sitting on their hands? If they don’t have the qualities needed, perhaps it’s time to move aside and give the youngsters a chance?