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The global slowdown is not new, we've been through these things many times before.

Which figure from history might be able to fix it better than the current mob and what would they do differently?


William Buist
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Tracey Finlay

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Ah, I love to see how far this blog has weaved on and off track.. Gandhi's my man..... but he'd need a big army which kind of defeats his beliefs....but money wouldn't be the driver which is always good. Left field, pipe dream... Get on with your apres ski Mr Buist! Tracey

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Gordon Wheaton

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A good question William. I tend to agree with one of the comments above. Maybe this can't be fixed by a government, maybe it has to be done collaboratively with this generation and a government Regards Gordon

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Robert Oosthout

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William, There is nothing to fix and nothing to survive. The only thing we need to do is acknowlegde the situation and be with it, so it get's its place. If it is allowed to be there, to be part of our lives it will disappear. What we resist, will persist! Robert Oosthout.

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Jeff Mowatt

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It's a tough call. I'm torn between Ranters, Diggers and Quakers

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Simon Dixon

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Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson gave their lives to the battle against bankers. They had a brutal battle for decades over who should have the countries licence to create money. They both won, but their reforms were reversed and the bankers won the right to create money as debt and it was passed into US law with the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 following the UK model. In the UK conservative PM Sir Robert Peel passed the Bank Charter Act of 1844 in order to prevent Banks creating and printing Bank Notes. He successfully took away banks ability to create money after that crash. He did not forecast that money would go electronic in the future and the law was loopholes in future years. Now economists teach out children that banks are an intermediatory between borrowers and lenders, which is a lie. They are money creators and this ultimately leads to economic collapse. All these leaders spent most of their life driving the reforms we need today and if they were alive today could drive a recovery. There is only really one MP in the UK that knows how to reform this mess and his name is Steve Baker

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Dear William, Yes, we can fix it! I've learned it recently from Empire Avenue! The secret formula of success is RES! R stands for RECIPROCATE E stands for ENGAGE S stands for SHARE Try it and you'll win! Try it and you'll fix it! Your question: "Which figure from history might be able to fix it" My answer: An Inconvenient Truth: Deng Xiaoping, the father of the Chinese Dream! Think and grow rich! Have fun and take care! Best, Lucas

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Joelle Nebbe-Mornod

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I'm rather suspicious of grand plans and grand strategies when it comes to complex societies. What we have built up to where we're at gradually, via thousands of changes and adustments. 50 years of political,cultural, financial evolution. Anyone who comes and thinks that some kind of plan can be conceived that will fix it... might do more damage than good. We've seen that. Yet I cannot imagine a leader coming and saying that "its a complex situation, it's not a "problem" that can just be "solved". It's not a question with a clear and simple answer. We dont have the answer, so let's start simply chipping at the problem, from many angles, keep asking questions and evaluating, and adjusting as we go. We'll muddle through and, over time, and enough chipping, things will get better". Not if they want to be reelected... So who, from history? Good question. I suspect that others of the early post colonial leaders besides gandhi (the ones typically toppled as pawns of the cold wars and replaced the dictators when they got too successful and suggested either agrarian reform or nationalising mines) might have great experience navigating a half broken economy and webs of collusion and trying to invent nations. But we'll never really know which.

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Maurice Watts, the Marketer

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I suggest Napoleon.....................

He had a clear plan, got on and executed it, rewarded success, punished failure and non performance, had global vision and ambitions and a great public profile. PS not so sure about the hat but great britches though! There 'ye go William! Regards - Maurice

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Martin Dewhurst

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The best thing any leader could do is bring out the potential and highest aspirations of the people. :-)

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Georgina Lester

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I am not sure that there is one perfect person in history to fix this. Everyone has their time and is of their time. I do think that a combination of characteristics could prove an interesting cocktail of traits that could have the potential to 'fix' today's issues. The danger of course is that a monster combination does the opposite of what was intended. I agree with Martin that Ghandi would be an obvious choice. Many of the great philosophers and writers could be worth looking at provided they didn't ponder upon things for too long. Perhaps they could be combined with the resolve of someone like Henry VIII who dumped the pope (perhaps without the temper and ruthlessness). The Dalai Lama would no doubt bring some interesting qualities - of course to tap into the one of the past, you just need to rewind back in time to one of his previous incarnations - no idea which one though. I feel that we need more feminine qualities to lead us forward. Many of the great leaders have been men or masculine 'warrior' like women - a bit of Boudicea reclaiming of territory might be too bloody for what we need now although the tenaciousness of such characters would be welcome traits to make things happen. And for some reason my mind has gone blank and can't think of the names of any gentler spirits of women leaders. The only names that come to mind are mythological - does that count? No idea what any of them would do ... need to study history a bit more to be able to make a judgement about that.

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Richard J Francis

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Have a look at this...

Thought provoking I thought... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0

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Milton Rodrigues

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Great Question, William ! But if Capitalism does not work ... Where do we go ??? Greece is finally set to default, or go the way that Merkel / Germany wants. Our David Cameron is telling them what to do ... ( Davos looked great, with most of the CNBC interviews being held outside in the Snow ! ) LOL

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Martin Dewhurst

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One can see a lot further from a mountain top :-)

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Thomas Power

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I thought you were skiing.

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Martin Dewhurst

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I'd be looking at a person with great unifying abilities like Gandhi. The idea being that we have a challenge that is impacting lives across the land. To overcome the challenge, or better still to rise to it, we need to take individual and collective ownership of it. To do this I believe we're looking for someone with humility, integrity and fearless commitment to selflessness. I'm sure many will think that he's the wrong man for the job and they could well be right. What I'm pointing to however is more about the spirit of the man, and the principles by which he galvanised so many people by.

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Tony Waithe

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Great Question William, I don't think anyone from the past can fix this but I'm confident this generation can (The opportunity is right there, as bold & as clear as bright light). This generation could simply write off the debt (its not rocket science) & it would be the greatest action ever taken in the history of mankind.

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