Opinion – Britain doesn’t need to bluff about Brexit | Coffee House – Spectator

This is a good read from the Spectator. It argues that the Government’s insistence that we should not give away our hand in negotiations with the EU has backfired. David Greene, the author, maintains that it is putting us in a weak position because the primary reason for not giving away your hand is when you are bluffing. The bottom line is that the UK is not bluffing, so it’s in a strong position and should take maximum advantage of it.

Source: Britain doesn’t need to bluff about Brexit | Coffee House

This article and the many calls for greater parliamentary scrutiny make me think that the government’s Brexit team are amateurs, with lots of noise but no action. I used to admire David Davies and thought he’d have been a better PM than David Cameron – although he’s a former Harvard trained business-man, he’s too long in the tooth (my age!). Fox too had his day. And Boris is Boris. Perhaps, the PM and the Chancellor are the A-team?

Is it time to start playing ‘hard-ball’?

Thoughts?

Theresa May’s claim on health funding not true, say MPs | Society | The Guardian

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NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Denis Campbell, health policy editor at the Guardian reports that two Tories are among signatories of letter pointing out that prime minister’s statement about £10bn extra cash for NHS are untrue.

Source: Theresa May’s claim on health funding not true, say MPs | Society | The Guardian

Clearly, the NHS is already being forced to ration services like other public sector departments. As pressures for a Hard Brexit mount the NHS will face a crippling squeeze for funding, despite the false promises of Brexit leaders that EU funding would be ring-fenced for the NHS.

We are now in the begging bowl season, ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement to parliament.

As an expert in radical change, I believe that that there are enormous opportunities for consolidation and cost reduction in the UK public sector.

Let me ask an open question:

How should Chancellor, Phillip Hammond respond to the crisis at the NHS?

Thoughts?