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Who’d want Liz Truss’s To Do list?


I CANNOT understand why any sane person would want to take on the poisoned chalice of becoming Prime Minister of the UK. There are so many problems that they make Hercules’s task of cleansing the Augean Stables look like child’s play. Here is a by no means comprehensive list of tasks Liz Truss and her government need urgently to tackle.

·       Slim down the bloated civil service drastically.

·       Make the remaining civil servants do as they’re told by ministers instead of trying to thwart them.

·       Get all public servants back into their offices or fire them if they won’t.

·       Cancel the Northern Ireland Protocol.

·       Stop foreign vessels fishing in our waters.

·       Stop paying any more of the £42billion so-called exit fee to the EU.

·       Instruct the Royal Navy and Border Force to turn back the migrant boats, land them on French beaches and destroy the rubber boats and outboard motors.

·       Withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights.

·       Drastically cut the vast number of parasitic quangos, especially the 27 quangos connected to the NHS. Staff at shut down quangos should be made redundant, not shuffled sideways into other lucrative sinecures.

·       Shut down all Confucius Institutes in academia.

·       Build at least ten more hospitals to improve our woeful bed to population ratio of 1.9:1,000.

·       Recruit and train many more doctors and nurses, but not by robbing other nations such as the Philippines, India and others.

·       Repeal the insane Climate Change Act and abolish the Climate Change Committee.

·       Slim down military top ranks by retiring half the generals, admirals and air marshals to reflect the size of their forces more reasonably.

·       Build more ships for the Royal Navy.

·       Reform the Police Service so that it starts tackling real crime instead of hate crime.

·       Ruthlessly reform the Byzantine tax regulations to reduce Tolley’s 1,008-page tax guide by at least two-thirds.

·       Force companies such as Amazon, Google and others to pay the correct amount of UK corporation tax on their earnings in Britain.

·       End all subsidies to renewable energy generation (and then see how much new investment is forthcoming).

·       Build eight coal-fired power stations.

·       Strongly promote small modular nuclear reactors for electricity generation with government subsidies and grants.

·       Insist that house builders (a) start (and continue) building on their land banks within 12 months or lose them, and (b) build on all brown field sites in their region before granting any more green field site approvals.

·       Legislate to prevent greedy senior local councillors from awarding themselves huge salaries while simultaneously curtailing public services: dustbin collections, public libraries, parking facilities, road repairs, etc.

The point is that the government should immediately start actually doing things instead of just talking about doing things as it has done for the last 12 years.

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David Wright
David Wright
David Wright is a former Royal Navy engineer officer, then an expatriate senior manager in the Far East for many years before running his own business in the UK. He now lives in Australia.

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