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

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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.

Thoughts?

Opinion – The UK’s healthcare spending fell as a share of GDP from 9.8% 2013 to 9.6% in 2017 – whereas the percentage rose for four of the remaining six G7 countries – via ONS

An excellent article published by ONS, highlighting the UK’s deplorable trend on healthcare spending. Combine austerity with bureaucracy and inefficiency, along with Government’s failure to reform and the effectiveness of UK healthcare is a disgrace.

Thoughts?