Opinion – mainly macro: The wheels on the bus – Simon Wren-Lewis – John Gelmini

English: Flag of the Council of Europe

English: Flag of the Council of Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am an even simpler fellow than Dr Alf, and I judge people by what they do.

In 30 years, the EU has not created a single net new job, and the only individual countries in the EU that have, are Germany and most recently the UK.

The politicians in Europe talk mostly about managing the money they have, not increasing exports and bringing in much needed foreign currency. They fail collectively to see that automation, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing, plus cybernetics will destroy jobs faster than they can be created, and they have no strategy for dealing with China, and the rising tide of Jihadism.

The bell is tolling and as Ernest Hemingway would say “It tolls for thee”.

A new type of political leadership is needed because the present Bilderberg inspired one is not being accepted by the masses, even at the level of society’s weakest.

In the past, it would have been dealt with by a World War followed by reconstruction.

Recent times have made war more problematic because the weaponry is too powerful to contain the war to “Faraway places about which we know very little”, however dealing with rising terrorism and emerging terrorist states gives the EU an opportunity to reintroduce conscription and National Service and develop an effective defence industry. David Cameron thinks this could take decades, so this could be a way to get moribund economies moving again, and deal with the scourge of long term unemployment, at the same time as clearing out Europe of dangerous and radical elements.

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Opinion – Obesity poised to overtake smoking as key cause of cancer – Telegraph – John Gelmini

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right, and unless obesity is tackled soon, much of the new Conservative Government’s program will be undone and the country will never get out of debt.

Why?

Currently, the NHS has a structural deficit of £30 billion gbp and the UK’s population is rising.

Secondly, we are 20th in the world for productivity which is why among other reasons employers in 80% of cases prefer to hire people from overseas to do the jobs that people here will not do,cannot do productively or are not educated enough to do.

Local authorities at county council, metropolitan borough, London borough, unitary authority and city council level have 50% of their entire budgets consumed by adult social care based on 25% of people of working or pensionable age in their areas.

More obesity, combined with 1.25 million woman over the age of 65 now presenting early stage dementia as a result of their pot-smoke filled and debauched lives in the 1960s are going to push the proportion of that budget figure to 60% or more.

The Government, quite rightly, is trying to force local authorities, police constabularies and fire commands to rationalize by putting them on a diet of less money but these bodies remain resistant to merger or reform and have said that they will as a result of cuts make services that people have come to expect,”disappear”.

Obesity has to be tackled along with these obdurate local authority neandertals and Chief Constables because otherwise the country will never be able to earn its way out of trouble and essential services will be cut.

THE POSSIBLE SOLUTION

1) Compel food manufacturers to reduce sugar and salt content in all processed foods by 75%
2) Reduce noise pollution in built up areas–New studies show that the body’s fight or flight system kicks in above a certain decibel level causing it to believe that there will be a food shortage and triggering the body to store fat as a reserve

3) Ban Bisphenol A
4) Use the zoning laws to reduce the number of fast food outlets and increase the number of healthy food outlets
5) Pedestrianize more towns and cities to reduce pollution and force people to walk
6) Introduce variable taxes on foods
7) Promote self gardening on allotments and in back gardens and grow bags –use likeable people like Monty Don to front a television advertising campaign
8) Introduce a Mediterranean diet in all schools put Jamie Oliver and celebrity chefs in charge of menu preparation and someone like a Pru Leith or Mary Berry in charge of delivery
9) Make GP’s prescribe Tai Chi,Pilates and gym memberships for their obese patients instead of drugs via set prescribing targets linked to each doctors licence to practice.

Strike off through the GMC doctors failing to meet these targets and sanction those who breach them at a low-level with clawback of money

10) Educate people to drink less alcohol and to stop drinking it on an empty stomach which then creates a desire for unhealthy food late at night which gets stored as fat

John Gelmini