Opinion – Cameron pulls off a surprise win: What now for Europe and Scotland? | Brookings Institution – John Gelmini

Dr Alf brings us yet more reaction from the world’s media and think-tanks about the Conservative election win.

We are told it was a “surprise”, when in fact incumbents who are seen to have started to grow their economies and create jobs usually win. Paddy Power the bookmakers and the Sovereign Wealth Funds and plutocrats who bought all the Government gilts well before the election knew what the outcome was going to be. The truth is that the BBC, the chattering classes and the champagne socialists in Islington and Hampstead have been given a bloody nose, along with the tofu eating, sandal wearing Guardian readers, closet Druids, climate change proponents and those who favor de-industrialization and profligacy.

£30 billion gbp in savings in the public sector is easily possible given the amount of fraud, waste and overmanning that exists. We do not need 43 English constabularies, 43 Fire commands, an unreformed NHS which delivers the worst healthcare and cancer treatment outcomes in Western Europe outside of Greece. We do not need more than 15000 civil servants and we do not need the cost of delivering services to be 3 times the Singaporean cost. Indeed that country sells its model of Governance to other interested countries as a revenue earner.

The Scots need to have their bluff called by being given all the tax raising powers they want and having Trident retained. Currently they want Trident scrapped and the money given to the SNP so David Cameron should say no to scrapping it, close the Scottish bases and create the jobs lost in Scotland in England. The Barnett Formula needs to be scrapped and then Nicola Sturgeon would not be able to get a vote for independence for Scotland because with the price of North Sea oil so low people there would know that there was no more money to pay for independence even with tax raising powers.

The political pendulum in the UK is swinging towards a measure of commonsense and people know in their hearts that we have to earn our way in the world and that benefit recipients, incapacity benefit recipients and those who turn to foodbanks will become a reducing minority – they must of course be helped to move towards the first group and for a proper safety net for the genuinely needy.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Nicola Sturgeon: Ed Miliband has made a tactical error in ruling out coalition | Politics | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Ed Miliband lied during the leaders Question Time debate because he knows full well that the electoral arithmetic in Scotland vis-a-vis the SNP is against him.

He is also in denial about the last Labour Government under Gordon Brown and his and Ed Balls’s role in what happened.

If the Labour Party became the largest single party but was short of an outright majority, even with the help of the Liberal Democrats, he would probably fall short of the 323 seats he needs to form a Government, so there would either have to be a second election, or he would have to arrive at a Faustian pact with Alex Salmond, another accomplished truth stretcher, and with Nicola Sturgeon, who at the moment is pretending to be nice to the English until she gets more money for Scotland.

Hopefully, the silent majority of Conservative voters, who have not yet decided what to do will return to the fold when they see that 75% of business-people are against the SNP and against Miliband because they can see the economic damage they could potentially do were they to get their hands on the “levers of power” as Ed Miliband and his backers like to call them.

The same needs to apply to the so-called floating voters, who need to be reminded that there is no such thing as a free-lunch and that voting for the Greens, Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party and independent candidates is a silly indulgence.

UKIP will take Labour votes away but will end up with few MPs.

What we are left with is the need to vote for “call me Dave” and for a Conservative Government with the will to really reduce public expenditure by replacing the current NHS with something better, reducing the profligacy of greedy local authority Chief Executives, reducing the number of councils, constabularies, fire commands and quangos, putting unnecessary civil servants to the sword, clearing out the deadwood in the form of quangocracy and abolishing the BBC licence fee within the course of the 1st half of the next Parliament.

John Gelmini