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

Flag of the NSDAP during 1920 to 1945. Used to...

Flag of the NSDAP during 1920 to 1945. Used to accompany File:Flag of German Reich (1933–1935).svg as National and commercial flag during 1933 to 1935. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Washington Military Planners Have Gone Mad | New Eastern Outlook

This is a must read article that challenges naivety of Washington’s military planners in escalating the risk of war with both Russia and China.

Source: Washington Military Planners Have Gone Mad | New Eastern Outlook

It is widely recognized that America’s foreign policy has suffered deeply under the shaky leadership of President Obama. Since WWII, the the US military has made many serious errors of judgement. The period of US hegemony is over, China will soon be the world’s largest economy and it is serious error of judgement to think that power can be balanced militarily.

Time and time, both Russia and China have outfoxed Obama’s ponderous administration. Bad as things have been under Obama, imagine the risk level escalating under a right-wing populist president, like Trump? Dangerously Trump probably believes his own rhetoric. Time and time again far-right leaders have been found to favor the end justifying the means and deeply questionable morality.

Rather than escalating matters with Russia, now is the time for a wise leader to de escalate and seek win win opportunities.

Let me ask an open question:

Surely now is the time to scrap US and European sanctions on Russia?