The UK’s best role in Hong Kong elections – John Gelmini

The UK should not comment about the election in Hong Kong until it is over.Then at the point when the overall winner is announced and the position of the Chinese Government is known about the winner, the UK Government should congratulate the winner.

David Cameron should be the one to do the congratulating and the Queen needs to be seen to invite the winner and the Chinese President to Buckingham Palace at a sensible future date.

UKTI in its role to build trade with China should employ more Chinese graduates as business advisors/liaison people in this country and each of the LEPS should do the same rather than just employing people from the indigenous population (more dead white male and female syndrome). I have tried to make the case for this in my local LEP and in others but the rampant parochialism and polite racism is all too visible so these organisations and the local authorities which effectively control them need to be directed to take this action by Central Government.

Dr Alf is right to say that the UK’s focus needs to be on the future and with properly considered engagement, rather than attempts to lecture people by David Cameron who the Chinese do not rate and the British public need at the earliest opportunity, to replace.

John Gelmini

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Some thoughts on David Cameron’s hollow words at St Petersburg G20 – John Gelmini

G20 2013 Heads of Government - Caricatures

G20 2013 Heads of Government – Caricatures (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

David Cameron has the job of standing up for Britain so one would not expect him to say anything else.

His list of things that we (the UK) have given the world was accurate enough but it really isn’t the point.

What matters, as the Americans say, is what you have done recently and your potential to do so tomorrow, the next day and the next and then the months and years into the future.

The City of London is now the 2nd Global financial center, having been overtaken by New York in 2012, and by 2016 it will be 4th behind Hong Kong and Singapore.

There is, however, a strong element of truth in what Putin or his apparatchiks is supposed to have said.

Power, other than that which emanates from the Queen and her Governors Generals, is slipping away to the BRICS and our military is a cipher unable on its own to project power or compel anyone to do anything.

We have influence in a number of countries which we still secretly control through the device of having puppets in charge but their number is shrinking by the decade as their subject people demand change and new leaders answerable to them rather than to the UK Government.

Certainly if we cannot afford a coastal protection vessel, aircraft carriers with their own aircraft or enough body armor for our troops we are in no position to throw our weight around as we once could.

We are dependent on imports to meet food demand and only have 4% spare generating capacity so until that changes we are strategically vulnerable to blackmail by militant trades unionists ,those countries we rely on for energy and hostile foreign powers of the future.

Longer term, we are in trouble because our education system is 44th in the world and we are failing to turn out enough engineers,scientists and wealth creators.

Since 1982, we have stopped bothering to keep figures on our balance of payments because on the official figures we are not paying our way and must in reality be relying from other income from undisclosed sources.

One does not have to be a UK-ipper to say these things and want passionately to change them for the better but one does have to be a realist with vision and the desire to help make it happen.

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