At last, our political leaders have shown what they really believe – Peter Oborne – Telegraph

English: David Cameron is a British politician...

English: David Cameron is a British politician, Leader of the Conservative Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This is an important article from the Telegraph’s  chief political commentator, Peter Oborne. It’s a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ, in my view. Check it out!


At last, our political leaders have shown what they really believe – Telegraph.


Personally, I struggle with the record of achievements of David Cameron’s Government. I genuinely believe that reform has not been properly risk assessed nor effectively costed, based upon alternative strategies. The Government has relied upon a small team of cronies for expert advice. Delivery of reform has been seriously problematic, with major cost overruns. However, it’s not just about broken reform; there has been a collapse in the quality of public services from both central and local government. Most critically, there has been excessive austerity which has caused unnecessarily economic pain for the middle and lower classes. Little has been done to genuinely strengthen the UK’s economic base, in terms of investment and improving the skills of the nation. Meanwhile, in terms of foreign policy, the UK seems to be now fighting below weight because of fiascoes.


Let me turn this to an open question:


Do you agree with Peter Oborne’s assessment of David Cameron‘s achievements or are my own observations closer to the mark?


Any thoughts?




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A Hard Look at the Left, Gibberish, David Cameron and Peter Oborne – John Gelmini

English: Prime Minister David Cameron speaking...

English: Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to the UK Home Office, on May 13, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thank Dr Alf for reblogging Peter Oborne‘s article in the Telegraph, entitled The Left talks gibberish while David Cameron racks up successes. Here is my own view.

The left do talk gibberish but so does Peter Oborne.

A cursory examination of the Coalition’s achievements reveals most of them to be bogus or exaggerated.

First there is the claim of 1 million new private sector jobs. Much of this was achieved by re-categorizing local authority workers in the public sector as private sector workers once they had been TUPED across to outsourcers like Capita PLC, Vertex, Vangent, Serco, G4S etc. Some has been achieved by counting redundant workers in receipt of severance pay or “waiting to hear about benefits” whilst in receipt of NI contributions as “employed” when they are clearly nothing of the kind.

Large numbers of people decide to employ themselves and their wives, partners and offspring as directors in personal service companies set up to act as conduits for consultancy /interim work. Each time this happens, the record of new directors at Companies House is treated as new jobs created even though the company may not be trading or have made a penny.

Then there is the talk of falling police numbers and falling crime.

G4S has been taking on policemen and policewoman and is now running police stations and undertaking investigative work.

So whilst police numbers are falling the number of people engaged in policing may not have altered by anything like the same amount.

Crimes have not fallen either because we know that a high percentage (up to 50% in London), are simply not reported and are written off as insoluble.

Other crimes are re-categorized as misdemeanors or engineered out of existence as evidenced by a comparison of the Home Office figures with the insurance claims data for burglaries,car break ins and car thefts.

Thus a prolific burglar of 100 flats in a block is recorded as 1 crime(the break in to the block proper) in the Home Office figures and as 100 different crimes in the claims data submitted to the Government Actuaries Department.

Under David Cameron we have had no export growth other than in armaments, we are bogged down in wars where we have no business, society is becoming more unequal, millions of our young people are workless and are being written off, our banks are not lending, the NHS is becoming a laughing-stock by the day, our woman are the fattest in Western Europe, dementia and diabetes have reached epic proportions, our population is double what it should be, the deficit is growing, our state education system is 44th in the world along with productivity per worker which is 16% below the average for the G7.

If this is Peter Oborne’s idea of “everything seems to be going right”, then we really do need to reopen our lunatic asylums or redefine the word insanity.

John Gelmini

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