We’re living in the shadow of the Coalition

12 May

If a week is a long time in politics, what can happen in a decade? Ten years ago today, David Cameron and Nick Clegg gave the Coalition government its foundational moment, basking in the sunshine of the Downing Street garden, and their own cleverness. Spool forward to the present day and the contrast in politics […]

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Not so rosy: the legacy of the Coalition government

11 May

It will be 10 years ago tomorrow, in the rose garden of 10 Downing Street, that two men stood side-by-side. David Cameron, the Conservative Prime Minister, in his blue tie; Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat Deputy PM, in his yellow tie. Together, with studied ease and joshing humour, they launched the first British coalition government […]

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It’s make or break time for Boris

20 Mar

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After winning the largest majority for any political party since 2001 Boris Johnson was, by now, supposed to be well on his way to redefining Brexit Britain. In some alternate reality we are all sat on Twitter debating the early ingredients of ‘Johnson-ism’: reform the civil service; ‘level-up’ […]

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Brexit is a policy fiasco. Were voters deceived during the referendum?

9 Mar

Is Brexit a policy deception? Were voters deceived during the Brexit referendum? Darrin Baines, Sharron Brewer, and Adrian Kay examine how political, process and programme failures combined to create a fiasco that misled many voters into believing that Leave was an actual, and easily deliverable, policy option. This blog summarizes the analysis originally outlined in … Continued

Britain needs friends in the post-Brexit era. Alienating EU allies would be counter-productive

10 Feb

Amid the posturing about trade, the fact that Britain no longer has a voice in the EU has gone largely unremarked. N Piers Ludlow (LSE) warns that alienating European allies by talking tough risks harming the UK’s soft power and long-term interests. At the heart of Edward Heath’s speech winding up the so-called ‘Great Debate’ … Continued

HS2. All aboad the Ninky Nonk.

27 Jan

This site would scrap the scheme. But sunk political costs as well as economic ones are likely to keep this Cameron modernisation legacy project chugging on and on.

Pro-Brexit business voices must keep on countering the myths propagated by the Establishment

23 Jan

Over the last five years in terms of outcomes, the free democratic world has seen more than its fair share of results where the exercise of that democracy has confounded the pollsters and shocked and belied the conventional wisdom of the Establishment. And has divided countries because that possibility lies at the heart of democracy […]

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