Strip away all the political nonsense, the decaying infrastructure, even Brexit, and the real issue to solve at the core of the UK’s multiple problems is the National Health Service. Solve that, reboot it and relaunch it, and everything else may fit back into place. Its worth a try.
The Thames Water debacle is shaping up to be a critical “Judder” moment for the UK. Public utility privatisations decades ago have left a legacy of underinvestment and broken services. The bills will be enormous – and crippling - creating a potential investment crisis.
COP27 is about the politics of global energy – energy being the lifeblood of growth and prosperity. The Ukraine war’s outcome is also about energy: can Europe withstand Russia’s General Winter and coordinated assaults on its’ economy and political stability.
How do we fix the UK’s broken National Health Service? Don’t expect much from politicians – fixing the NHS is politically dangerous, might take decades, and is way beyond the time frame of the next election. It’s better to tinker, make some noise and do little. There are many reasons the NHS is effectively broken, but even more reasons to be hopeful it can be fixed – if we can just muster the vision and imagination to make it happen and use tech!
The UK is at risk of breaking its “Virtuous Sovereign Trinity” of stable politics, currency and bond markets. Collapsing confidence in politics to stem the slide in sterling and thus Gilts, could see the UK stumble into a crippling Sovereign Financial crisis sooner than we think possible.
Blain’s Morning Porridge, July 10th 2020 – The World Shifts “Carthago delenda est” Did you feel the world wobble last…