- The UK’s prime minister is giving red carpet treatment for Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Trump because the UK urgently needs to strike some meaningful trade deals with big partners now that Brexit is fast becoming a reality.
- Mr. Trump is running full speed ahead for a meeting with the North Korean Great Leader when everybody (that is everybody who is not dependent on either of them) knows that they are liars and dangerous. They will both shake hands and claim great deals, on which both will probably renegade later…
- Russia has voted in Mr. Putin, and the only people who seem to want to shake his hand are Turkey’s Mr. Erdogan, Mr. Rouhani of Iran, and Mr. Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
- At the same time Mr. Putin has recently invited Israel’s leader, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, to Moscow to discuss war planning in Syria!
- And Mr. Rouhani of Iran is backing the Syrian leader, Mr. Bashar al-Assad, in the same war to fight Syrian rebels, while at the same time Iran is sending missles from Syria all the way to Israel.
- … and what about Mr. Trump? He continues to rave about “deals” which, so far, means nothing more that tearing up deals. He has also appointed some warmongers to his team like Mr. Bolton and Mr. Pompeo, both of whom are hawks, and fawn on Mr. Trump like the rest of the Republican remainers!
What exactly is going on – what are the reasons for all of these awful matters?
In the UK’s case it was a combination of a weak Mr. Cameron, who, if he had any sense he would have used the UK’s weight within the EU to demand and probably secure significant reforms in the EU and avoided this Brexit farce. But the EU has to take a large share of the blame too. They should have listened to the demands of the EU member states who pay for their excesses… the rise of nationalism is actually a healthy check on these excesses, but Junker and Tusk live in their own golden bubble and do little or nothing to stop excessive spending, corruption, fraudulent use of EU funds and nepotism. Brexit, the rise of nationalism and the growing dissatisfaction with the EU, the EU Parliament and its other bodies are clear warning flags that reforms need to be implemented.
This is not happening because we have weak leaders in our own national member states. Has anyone heard our Prime Minister or our Foreign Minister demanding swift reforms within the EU?
Nor are there any noises from the other Nordic countries…
France and Germany are also not making loud demands except when it serves their own countries’ interests… France, like Spain, has a huge national debt, and Germany maintains a huge trade surplus and enjoy the benefits of a weaker Euro!
Try getting the French to put their excessive public debt in order or try getting the Germans to spend some of the hoarded surpluses. Both countries have been doing this for many decades and show no signs of changing their continuing bad habits.
… and in the US, only the uninformed or misinformed (you chose…) could have understood that Mr. Trump is really going to clean the Washington Swamp. He has certainly managed to fool folk into thinking that he will be making great deals that will “Make America Great Again”, but so far he rolls around in the very swamp like an alligator chewing on unsuspecting voters’ legs…
He surrounds himself with people who he tempts with Faustian promises – and they get what the wish for, and a lot of other not very nice things too…
When you drill down to the essence of all of the above, you begin to realise that our political system is way, way out of touch with what we the voters actually want – it is clear that politics is broken. Empty of function and barren of purpose, political parties used to belong to their members. Now they have fallen into the hands of a very small group of rich men.
Politicians spend huge sums on political experts, spin doctors, who write out corporate messages, and they spend more time with lobbyists than they do with ordinary voters.
We need big reforms within the EU – here are just a few:
- The EU is a union of independent national states – this needs to be confirmed.
- We need to have a consensus from the EU member states on what body is the highest decision making body of the EU.
- The EU needs a more limited remit – it has not been mandated to form a Federal State and its remit should reflect such a reality.
- The EU should not be given the right to tax member states.
- The European Court of Justice must have its remit limited – today its powers are encroaching onto more national interests than were originally envisaged.
- The EU Parliament needs to be smaller and reduced to no more than, say, 100 members (down from the unbelievable 751 members now) who are elected by their own countries’ governing parties for as long as such parties are in power in their own countries. There could be at least 1 member from small states, 2 members from medium sized states, and a maximum of 3 members from the big states.
- The EU must immediately clean up its budget, the Common Agriculture Policy and all fraudulently use of its funds.
- All development funds to poorer members should be made directly by contributing countries and not through the EU.
- The Eurozone area (EZ) should impose strictly enforced budget deficit and surplus limits, and on public debt as a % of GDP.
- No joint liability for banks or joint deposit insurance schemes.
- Strict limits on immigration and strictly enforced refuge policy.
- All new proposals must be communicated in clear and simple language each week on publicly funded web-sites.
We need big reforms within our own countries – here are a few:
- Representation as a member of Parliament should be limited to a maximum of three general election periods.
- MP’s are not allowed to be elected to counties or municipalities.
- Trade unions and lobbyists should be restricted in their access to MP’s and Ministers.
- All ministers and MP’s must disclose all economic and financial interests, without exception, before and after elections.
- All new proposals in Parliament must be communicated in clear and simple language each week on publicly funded web-sites.
Lots to be done…