Opinion – Brexit is just a distraction to the real problem: the UK’s clapped-out economy – The Guardian – Opinion – Austin Mitchell

Swot analysis

Swot analysis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Guardian op-ed, by former Labour MP, is a good read. It touches many of the right buttons but is deeply flawed on the way forward.

Source: Brexit is just a distraction to the real problem: the UK’s clapped-out economy – The Guardian – Opinion –  Austin Mitchell

Many of the observations in this article are reasonable but the causes are not all down to economic liberalism. What about greedy unions and a lazy workforce that’s seriously light on skills, compared to other mature economies and rapidly developing economies too?

Austin Mitchell lets his left-wing bias dictate his argument. Sadly, he’s light on strategy. I agree that the UK economy‘s over-dependent on financial services.

Surely, we need a SWOT analysis by industry to clarify the way forward, with a matching risk analysis?

Thoughts?

Opinion – Op-Ed: Chaotic Washington is not a shining example of democracy – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a powerful op-ed, here’s the most-read article in China‘s influential People’s Daily. It explores the question, ‘Is the US still a model of democracy?’. It suggests that that question, previously a far-fetched idea for many, is being asked more and more. Critically, it explores the realization that Western democracy—even American democracy—can fall into chaos and undermine the international community’s goal of peace and development.

Source: Op-Ed: Chaotic Washington is not a shining example of democracy – People’s Daily Online

The article clearly supports China geopolitical influence and for it’s readers blurs the differences between a one-party totalitarian regime to Trump’s America – many liberal critics see Trump’s election as a step towards fascism. Of course, it’s populism and Trump, in particular, that has debased US democracy. But we are beginning to see the US political and legal system start to place some serious barriers for Trump. It’s worrying when Trump’s son-in-law, a critical advisor, is having his business interests investigated for links with Russia.

Perhaps, the US needs a Macron, who’s not tainted by association with the Washington’s political establishment?

Thoughts?