Opinion – Brexit supporters have unleashed furies even they can’t control | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

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Like Dr Alf, I do not always agree with Polly Toynbee, and when she talks about elites she speaks with personal knowledge, since her late father was a prominent member of the Committee of 300, our true rulers in the shadows.

I also know that the UK has many problems – laziness, indiscipline, lack of exports, too big a public sector, weak defences, self-delusion, poor productivity, an obesity, dementia and diabetes crisis, overpopulation, too few houses, rampant corruption, too many civil servants, inadequate policing, an NHS which is not fit for purpose, inadequate food and energy security, weak Ministers who cannot negotiate, too many old, useless and unproductive people, the wrong foreign policy and a supine and craven attitude to Muslim troublemakers, jihadists, traitors and seditionists, a media which propagates lies and a self-serving elite.

Leaving the EU will not solve these problems but it will free up money with which some of them can be tackled and can start a process of ignition whereby the Government will be forced to confront the other ones from a position of being uncomfortable…the equivalent of applying a blowtorch to the rear anatomies of the complacent and the lazy.

I do not see a UK “Nazi Government” but the idea that people will vote for Remain and that everything can go on just as before is fanciful; people want change and they want a sense of proportion, so that the growing gap between the plutocrats and Times 1000 Chief Executives, earning up to 450 times average salaries, is narrowed a bit. People will have to up their productivity but “rewards for failure” and double-digit pay rises to deliver no optimised shareholder value whatsoever are going to have to end and I for 1 do not want any more Turks here at a time when we have a housing shortage of 12 million and are only building 100,000.

The Monarchy too has to slim itself down and set an example, the House of Lords needs to be abolished and replaced and we need a cull of civil servants and unnecessary local authorities not bleating about “savage cuts”.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Britain can only walk tall if productivity is reignited – Martin Wolf – FT.com – John Gelmini

I agree with Dr Alf. UK public sector productivity is just 32% or 70 working days out of 220, whilst corporate sector productivity is 48% or just 106 working days out of 220.

Before that, just before the Olympics and the Jubilee, it was 20% higher but even then, it was 16% behind the average for the G7.

The problem is not new but goes back to the 1850s so people who say that we are dealing with a new problem are being disingenuous or are uninformed about the facts.

Great Britain in 1885 employed just 15000 civil servants to run the largest empire the world had ever known but even then German productivity per worker was higher.

In 1916 Lloyd George had to bring in the licensing laws we still have today because munitions workers were too drunk to complete their shifts and were too idle to produce enough shells when they were sober.

In the Second World War, we produced tanks guns, bombs and planes at such a slow rate that the Germans were oil-producing us by a margin of 2.5 to 1 (Source: Corelli Barnett-Audit of War).

We were saved by American efficiency experts, turret lathes and boring machines, American money and Lord Beaverbrook allegedly being sent by the Committee of 300 to order Roosevelt to get America into the war.

Since the war, we lost shipbuilding to the South Koreans, clothing, footwear and toy manufacturing to the Chinese, car manufacturing to the Germans and the Japanese, software development to India and by 2016 will have slipped to 4th position behind Hong Kong, Singapore and New York as a global financial center.

Even English council houses could not be made by bricks manufactured by Englishmen as MacMillan had wanted in 1953 but instead had to be manufactured by Italians brought over to Bedfordshire and Northampton shire by his administration.

It’s time for the UK government to get serious.

John Gelmini