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We need a Europe that works for Britain

21 May 2014, by in Politics

From today until Sunday the whole of Europe will go to the polls to elect the members of the European Parliament. There has been a steady decline in voter turnout since elections were first held in 1979 and turnout in the UK has historically been one of the lowest in the EU. Yet this remains…

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Reinfeldt’s Sweden: Waking from the dream?

19 Mar 2014, by in Politics

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is seeking re-election for a third term with his conservative Moderate Party. And as in the previous two elections, he’s running on a platform of tax cuts, designed to stimulate the economy and tackle our persistent unemployment problem. It’s a seductive argument for many Swedes, but at the Swedish Trade…

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Immigration Minister falls victim to his own laws

08 Feb 2014, by in Politics

Apart from the irony of Mark Harper’s downfall as Immigration Minister after he found he was employing a cleaner who wasn’t legally entitled to work in the UK, there are – as politicians are fond of saying to avoid responsibility – lessons to be learned. The main lesson should surely be that immigration employment laws…

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EU austerity: a spectacular failure for workers and democracy

02 Feb 2014, by in Economics, International, Politics

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) gave evidence in the European Parliament this week about the effect of the Troika (the European Commission, IMF and European Central Bank) on the people and the economies of Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. The ETUC’s 15-page report, with hugely revealing graphs, demonstrates that the Troika’s austerity measures…

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Miliband & Osborne’s Competing Visions

17 Jan 2014, by in Politics

Most of the responses to Ed Miliband’s speech today will probably focus on his call for more competition in the banking sector (the broad outline of this policy was first announced in July 2012) but I think the introduction and sections before the actual policy call were more interesting. Whilst a call to break up…

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Today’s PISA results and the Asian challenge

03 Dec 2013, by in Economics, Politics

Today’s PISA results have, quite rightly, provoked a vigorous debate about educational standards in the UK. In headline terms, out of a total of 34 countries, the UK scores 16th for reading, 19th for maths and 14th for science. PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, is run by the OECD every three years. I…

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More Mandarin, please!

25 Nov 2013, by in Economics, International, Politics

With apologies for late posting, I attended an excellent meeting at the RSA last Wednesday, to discuss a new book of essays, ‘Influencing Tomorrow’, co-edited by the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, and the Director of the European Leadership Network, Ian Kearns. The book addresses a wide range of foreign policy challenges and, as regular…

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What do the public think about the recovery?

20 Nov 2013, by in Politics

There’s a fascinating recent poll commissioned by Shelter from Populous. It was reported mainly for its finding that rising house prices are not as universally popular as some assume. But its findings on recovery are even more interesting. Populus asked: Thinking about the next General Election in 2015, what do you think will be the…

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