More about Olli Rehn and Fairy Tales – John Gelmini

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thank Dr Alf for reblogging Olli Rehn‘s view on his own blog entitled “Olli Rehn’s blog » Blog Archive » Recovery is within reach”. I would like to develop Dr Alf’s fairy tale thread.

As someone who believes in the power of the human spirit , willpower and Siddhi consciousness this at first sight might be possible.

Dr Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, Charles Haanel,Tony Robbins and books of a similar genre are all part of my growing collection of 3000 or so books.

However, when you understand that the young Christ spent 18 years in India from his 12th to 30th birthday learning under intensive conditions how to walk on water, transmute objects out of thin air and other wonder-working (the subject of a documentary commissioned by the Indian Government), you begin to see that Olli Reyn is not quite in that league.

Dr Alf’s oblique references to the fairy tales we heard as children sum up where Europe really is. Once one has awoken from Rumplestiltskin like slumber, realized that despite what Olli Reyn says, Europe needs £6 trillion gbp to get out of its present situation and that at best, just £1.6 trillion is available one can see the problem.

Angela Merkel went to China, as she does every year, and asked them to help with the £4.4 trillion gbp needed to rectify the situation. This year she asked again. Each time the Chinese are all smiles, say that they are pleased to help but insist on collateral in the form of solid assets and they insist on a return. Their approach is like that of a parent trying to teach its offspring the value of money.Angela Merkel came back with her ears ringing with their praises but no money or any prospect of getting any on the conditions she had in mind.

David Cameron talks about “Big Bazookas” but still Europe is incapable of reforming itself to find the money needed and to create its own growth.

The Chinese follow the Sun Tzu doctrine which says that “Victory can be discerned and not manufactured”, they see that Europe’s salvation lies within itself and that the will to take the tough measures necessary is simply not there with or without Olli Reyn and with or without Angela Merkel acting as the “policeman of Europe”.

Sadly, I think their prognosis is correct and that they should keep their money to resolve their own problems.

We in the UK and in Europe must look to ourselves for our salvation and stop imagining that others will help us without getting something in return.

Olli Reyn needs to stop spreading fairy tales or perhaps become an author of them having first fired himself without compensation for loss of office.

John Gelmini

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David Cameron and Sun Tzu’s Art of War – John Gelmini

Barack Obama, President, talked with David Cam...

Barack Obama, President, talked with David Cameron, Prime Minister, and Angela Merkel, Chancellor, at the 36th G8 summit in Muskoka District Municipality, Ontario Province on June 25, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would like to thank Dr Alf for reblogging the Telegraph article entitled “Francois Hollande: France will not help David Cameron with EU reforms”.  In answer to Dr Alf’s question, I think that we should be worried about David Cameron‘s poker playing skills as statesman. Let me try to share clarify my views.

David Cameron is good at making speeches and grandstanding but one only has to look at his negotiating skills to see that 90% of the time he loses and others ranging from the Chinese to Angela Merkel, run rings round him.

Tony Blair and Sir John Major, for all their faults, were much better at this sort of thing but I’m afraid that David Cameron is simply not in the same league when it comes to horsetrading and political skullduggery.

What Cameron does is make grand announcements about what the EU or whoever needs to be doing, tries to negotiate, comes away with nothing but a bloody nose and then makes another speech pretending that he has achieved something.

He tries to talk tough to experienced operators, like Vladimir Putin and Lavrov, when he lacks the military and other means to back up his rhetoric, and then wonders why they treat him with contempt as they have done on the matter of Syria where Assad looks more in power than ever.

The world is a tough and dangerous place, where one has to be prepared to back words with deeds, or as Sun Tzu would put it “know how to win without fighting”.

David Cameron does not know how to win or how to fight because his life has been one of inherited wealth, privilege and being given things on a plate.

He said that he wanted to be Prime Minister because he thought “I would be rather good at it”. Sadly, he is not in the same league as Margaret Thatcher, who knew how to negotiate or that great Edwardian gentleman, Harold MacMillan, who although he was a grandee, understood ordinary people through his experience of commanding them and fighting with them in World War 1.

People who you negotiate with look at who you are, where you have come from, and the strength of the hand you hold. They prepare, they look you in the eye, get your measure, and if they see you are unprepared and “winging it”, they will in the words of “the Donald”, “Eat your lunch” and regard you as the Chinese regard many Western leaders as “Children playing in a sandpit”.

They look at David Cameron, as I and others do, and sadly find him wanting.

I fear it may be too late for David Cameron to add Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” to his holiday reading list.

John Gelmini

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