Opinion – Tony Blair: force is necessary in struggle against radical Islam | Politics | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Tony Blair at the 2007 G8 summit, Germany

Tony Blair at the 2007 G8 summit, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pentagon has already submitted a plan to President Obama telling him how to defeat ISIS but he has rejected it.

He does not want “boots on the ground” and is interested in toppling Syria and appeasing Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, who are the financial paymasters of ISIS.

Dr Alf’s question relates to Tony Blair, who is respected in America, however, the armaments manufacturers on the Washington “Beltway” and the jobs they create plus lobbying from our own BAE Defence Systems are an even more powerful voice who want to sell arms to the same people who are financing ISIS.

For the time being, the Obama calculus may very well be let ISIS, Boko Haram and others rampage but put no boots on the ground until he is ready to leave office in November 2016, after which the problem is someone else’s.

If in the meantime, Syria falls and the next domino on the Middle East chessboard, Iran remains in the cross hairs, then so much the better for Obama who can argue that he has no mandate from a war-weary US public to put “boots on the ground”.

The reality is that the money does not flow to ISIS directly but goes via a Turkish bank in London and then to Turkey which is in league with ISIS by supplying logistics, using its hospitals and doctors to treat ISIS fighters.

Other money for ISIS comes from looting and plundering the areas they conquer, the application of taxes on the conquered populations (the ones they don’t kill) and from sales of oil.

Like Tony Blair, I think these people are at war with us already, and our response has been and still is limp-wristed and inadequate.

However, Obama is a man who vacillates and dithers, so I expect him to play the waiting game, wash his hands of the affair in latter day Pontius Pilate style and drive off on his golf buggy into the Californian sunset in 2016.

John Gelmini

A Hard Look at Why Dozens of Local Authorities are Collapsing in the UK – John Gelmini

A map of the West Midlands, showing the Metrop...

A map of the West Midlands, showing the Metropolitan Boroughs: (1) Wolverhampton; (2) Dudley; (3) Walsall; (4) Sandwell; (5) Birmingham; (6) Solihull; and (7) Coventry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, I reblogged a powerful article in the Guardian entitled: Dozens of local councils close to collapse, says MPs’ committee | Society | The Guardian. I received a robust response from John Gelmini which I am reblogging below.

Personally, I fully endorse John’s viewpoint here. Indeed when I first started blogging I wrote a detailed blog about the inner workings of Local Authority decision-making. The blog entitled: UK Local Authorities and Shared Services: Cost Cutting – Myths,Realities and Escalating Risks? has been one of my most popular blogs with a large number of hits. Interestingly, I also received a detailed response from John Gelmini at that time which I reblogged entitled: UK Local Authorities and Shared Services: Cost-Cutting – Myths, Realities and Escalating Risks? Response – Addressing the Social and Political Context with Radical Reform/ Transformation.

Anyway, returning to the current thread, here is John’s latest viewpoint:

Why Dozens of Local Authorities are Collapsing in the UK – John Gelmini 

Without the ability of clairvoyance, I have been predicting this since 2010.

There are simply too many local authorities, just twelve county unitary authorities are needed for England, not forty-three and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland need one each.

Districts and Boroughs should have been abolished years ago and their functions outsourced to reputable providers.

I was rubbished for saying this by a number of LinkedIn posters and accused of ranting, so now the chickens have really come home to roost with a vengeance.

Adult Social Care costs are now running at 50% of County Council budgets and with the 1.25 million woman aged 65 plus with early stage dementia that figure is rising at the same time as Local Authority Minister Eric Pickles and Chancellor Osborne are squeezing Standard Spending Assessments and just before the Romanians and Bulgarians arrive.

I predict now that a number of Local Authority care homes will close and councils will, like Pontius Pilate, wash their hands of them by sending them home for relatives to look after them. Some of these care home recipients will die and private care home operators already squeezed by Local Authorities will get rid of benefit recipients who cannot make up the shortfall or whose relatives refuse to do so.

People who think it is someone else’s job to care for these people are in for a very rude awakening and not before time.

The luxury of separate call centers for general enquiries, Adult Social Care, the Police and Fire Commands will have to give way to large Shared Service Centers (CSC) of the type for which I drew up blueprints in 2008/2009; finance functions and a lot of administration can be outsourced to India; and the number of council CEOs reduced to just 12.

Junketing by council officials, misusing RIPA to investigate dog fouling, holding up planning consent for legitimate and necessary business expansion, imposing car parking charges which destroy local businesses, spying to see where someone lives for the purposes of establishing what school catchment area they live in, appointing relatives and mistresses to key posts, engaging in skullduggery on the golf course and making key and often wrong decisions in secret are all activities that need to be brought to an end if this impending train wreck is to be mitigated.

There will be trouble because people are not going to pay hundreds of pounds every month for non-existent services or greatly reduced ones.

We are in for a long, possibly hot Summer of discontent in the UK.

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