Opinion – Cuts to public health risks widening health inequalities – News from Parliament – UK Parliament – John Gelmini

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Dr Alf makes telling points but the truth is that health inequalities have been and are directly related to income inequalities, education and employment.

It is no accident that wealthy people in Sandbanks, Dorset and Kensington, London, live a lot longer and more healthily than the poor of Tyneside and the unemployed living in a London bedsit.

The NHS is on the brink of financial implosion, with £30 billion GBP’s worth of debts because of grossly inept financial management and the abuse of services by pensioners cluttering up GP surgeries when there is nothing wrong with them and the failure of the obese, the stupid and the drunk and drugged to moderate their behavior and consumption in order to take better care of themselves.

Clearly if people eat too much, eat the wrong foods, drink to excess, take recreational drugs, engage in bizarre and unusual practices, drink on an empty stomach, ingest car fumes, fail to exercise, get too little sleep then they will become ill, depressed and demented. They will strain their hearts and through vaping, cigarette smoking and exposure to plastics and chemicals give themselves cancer, something which now affects 50% of the population and which if serious will cost the NHS £1 million GBP a patient.

The politicians are not honest about any of this and should fire most of the present NHS management who are not up to the job.

Then the whole rotten edifice needs to be replaced with a better system run on German and Singaporean lines, combined with some straight talking about diet, lifestyle and exercise and the limits of any healthcare system to be able to cope with gross stupidity and blatant disregard for personal health and well-being displayed by rather too many people.

Income inequality is going to take generations to fix and in this country never will be unless executive pay for doing nothing is reigned in and capped at a maximum multiple of average earnings.

Health inequality will therefore persist but can be improved through re-education and the reintroduction of national service and a more disciplined, self reliant culture based on Judeo-Christian ethics, stoicism and self improvement.

John Gelmini

Opinion – The Macroeconomics of Brexit: Motivated Reasoning? – Paul Krugman – The New York Times

Nobel Prize winning economist, Paul Krugman, in his NYT op-ed blog accuses the economics profession of over sexing fears of post Brexit referendum  short-term consequences. He argues that sloppy thinking is always a vice.

Source: The Macroeconomics of Brexit: Motivated Reasoning? – The New York Times

To be absolutely clear, Krugman confirmed that the long run economic consequences of Brexit are massively damaging. Because of the loss of trade, he expects an output loss of 2-3% in perpetuity. This is a truly staggering loss of UK wealth (see earlier blog).

However, Krugman argues strongly that the short/medium term consequences have been seriously overstated by the economics profession and are not based upon sound economic theory. This is significant because politicians, like former UK Chancellor, George Osborne, hyped up the consequences of Brexit.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I campaigned passionately for Remain. But I’m a realist. I’m beginning to adjust to a post-Brexit world.

But it’s not just about the trade and immigration deal that the UK strikes with the EU and other countries.

It’s very much about other radical policy changes in post-Brexit Britain. The UK must pay for the permanent loss of output amounting to 2-3% in perpetuity. How this is achieved deserves some serious analysis and debate. Here are a few straw-man suggestions:

  • Radical change to public services at both the national and local level
  • Higher national productivity
  • Far greater innovation
  • Increased exports
  • Massive increase in skills
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Reduced waste
  • Reduced population, e.g. export people/ lower immigration
  • Reintroduction of national service