Opinion – The real ticking time bomb for the Tories is home ownership – Telegraph – John Gelmini

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This post from the Telegraph, courtesy of Dr Alf, is manifest nonsense. We have had a housing crisis in the UK for at least 100 years, and nobody has seen fit to take the necessary measures to put it right. Indeed, things are getting worse with the so-called “Mortgage Market Review”, proposed restrictions on buy-to-let landlords over and above the Chancellors measures on buy-to-let tax relief restriction.

There is, and always has been, an unwillingness to use Hof Haus systems building methods, or build upwards, or tackle the scandal of too many local authorities and their excessive greed and mendacity surrounding many but not all planning applications.

Furthermore, we lack the construction workers to build the houses, even if they could be financed, and plans for carbon reduction make many of them too expensive to build, even if they could be financed.

The problem that the Conservatives will face is immigration and the belief in the minds of the public that the world owes them a living. Immigration has been allowed to proliferate unchecked because too many members of the indigenous population are unwilling to do certain jobs and are lazy and unproductive. For those who take umbrage at this criticism, I say look at the figures for productivity which place the UK at 20th position in the world with 32% public sector productivity, plus excessive overmanning, and 48% private sector productivity, with just 400 world-class companies and a balance of trade deficit growing at £3 billion gbp a month since 1981.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Europe’s Export Superstars | Dalia Marin, Jan Schymik and Jan Tscheke at Bruegel.org

This is an outstanding, must-read research article by top European think-tank, Bruegel. Check it out!

via Europe’s Export Superstars | Dalia Marin, Jan Schymik and Jan Tscheke at Bruegel.org.

It seems that UK exports are constrained by the management style of UK exporters – they’re less likely to delegate effectively than their competitors in Germany – German is the star performer, so is held up as the archetype.

Based upon my many years experience, I think that the article has a point and UK exporters are systemically weaker. Part of the answer is that these exporters are not promoting language training and work experience in foreign markets.  Also the UK does not have an effective industry strategy. George Osborne needs to leverage exports with major policy actions. Additionally, UK institutional shareholders need to shake the management tree of major exporters – a more internationalist culture is required.

Any thoughts on improving UK export penetration?