Opinion – Planning for the Better Care Fund – National Audit Office (NAO) – John Gelmini

DrAlf asks an important question to which the answer is ‘no’, and even a billion in savings in this area is little more than a rounding error.

We know that the Government has to find a further £48 billion gbp in the coming Parliament, or that its successor does.

None of the political parties have identified more than £2 billion gbp in savings and local authorities have made and are making no meaningful cuts or attempting to merge.

Nobody talks about productivity, nobody talks about the Barnett Formula and everyone talks about “localism” which will add yet more costs and create diseconomies of scale.

The number of old , unproductive people is rising, the number of illiterate and not job ready youngsters is rising and tax receipts are falling.

That means more costs, no savings and unless we improve the top line with more exports further decline and in many cases no services at all.

The question of delivering better services for less money is redundant unless we are prepared for harsh and radical measures.
Since we are not deterioration and greater expense plus non service provision are the order of the day.

John Gelmini

Opinion: The journey of an Indian onion: Lords of the rings ex The Economist-John Gelmini

TATA tanker

TATA tanker (Photo credit: VinTN)


What Dr Alf and the Economist have identified is a problem with the Indian economy and the inability of the Indian Government to plan ahead properly and regulate corporate practices and their own convoluted decision making processes.


A year ago, Indian business-people were surveyed to identify who they least wished to do business with.
The answer came back as themselves, to the point where they said they preferred doing business with anyone else but themselves.


Those Indian companies which operate globally and the IT/BPO/Software development industry which has to do much of its work in America are not afflicted with this sort of malaise and the same applies to Tata and Arcelor Mittal steel.


In a country with huge tracts of arable land we have the paradox of people starving whilst others live in regal splendour.


Then, we had the spectacle of the Commonwealth Games, where the facilities remained unfinished until the day of the opening ceremony and the nuclear submarine which caught fire and exploded.


A degree of Tescoisation is necessary to bring discipline into the food chain but also into other sectors of the Indian economy which remain mired in restrictive practices,corruption and are held back by Government Ministers who lack the necessary sense of urgency to deal with the scale of the problem and who as a consequence are creating an Indian brain drain to the West and to America in particular which is doing that country no good at all but is very good for companies like Google and Microsoft who would not be where they are without them.


John Gelmini



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