The Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review gives us a chance to do better by focusing on the pandemics threat.
But David Enrich’s new book does include a lot about how Deutsche Bank lent the President the money needed to look successful.
The 5th of May 2020 will be remembered as a strange day for EU law and German constitutionalism. […]
The Chinese Communist Party has enhanced its campaign to dominate this critical waterway. Our country and its allies must act.
On 5th May 2020, the German Federal Constitutional Court (GFCC) upheld a series of constitutional complaints that the […]
If only 6,000 people, with 45 contacts each, are infected every day, we will need a capacity of 276,000 tests just to keep up.
The government’s initial response was in fact admirably Burkeian. The full force of law was used sparingly. And you know what? It did the trick.
Those Conservative-Liberal Democrats successes have laid robust foundations on which subsequent governments have built.
“History is written by the victors” is a well known and often accurate statement, however, for me it was never truer than when examining Russia’s role in World War II (WWII). With VE day (Victory in Europe) having now just passed, it was notable that there were a large number of people highlighting the important role Russia played in bringing about freedom in Europe by helping to defeat Nazi tyranny. Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that Russia played a …
It is absurd and demeaning that we depend on Hancock, or on anyone in London, for the supply of hospital gowns.
If like me you grew up watching Holywood War Movies you assume the Second World War was won by the plucky brits and their good looking yank buddies – The Russian role in the affair was conveniently airbrushed out of the story. But looking at the stats you soon realise that Russia was the most crucial player in the fight against the Nazis. The Red Army suffered 8,806,453 causalities in WW2 this compares to 407,300 Military deaths for the USA …
Trying to decipher which Government has been “best” and “worst” at handling the crisis is a tricky endeavour.
Technologically and culturally, the Asian country is a very different place – and it launched its programme before the virus could take root.
Those that prevent ordinary Syrians from accessing humanitarian aid and economic opportunities should be ended.
The pundits have the UK’s lost output at up to 30 per cent of GDP: personally, I anticipate it to be less, and closer to 10 per cent to 15 per cent.
Every aspect of our lives has been impacted by Covid-19 — and geopolitics is not exempt. Though the world will not be fundamentally changed in the long run by this virus, it will accelerate many existing trends. Among these are our attitudes towards borders. Within the EU the concept of ‘ever closer union’ was already […]
The Government is under pressure to tell the public to wear face masks. But if there’s not enough evidence, why?
Plus: In my view, there is no case at all to merit a decision to do anything other than keeping the lockdown, maybe with a few tweaks.
Fortunately, a decentralised solution has come forward that will allows epidemiologists and Health Departments to access the data they need.
The effectiveness of such Government strategies as the lockdown can only be assessed after a mass of variables are controlled for.
Hopefully it will be crisis averted, and we’ll have a bit more time to fix the hole. But sooner or later, difficult choices on tax and spending are coming.
Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.
Some regions have already started to ease off lockdown measures. Here are their plans so far:
It should remove those taxes and regulations that will stop business from applying their ingenuity on the problem of rebuilding from the ruins.
In order to render the NHS proof against future pandemics, and resolve the social care crisis, he needs to learn from Beveridge.
The West Germans realised, when they set up their health system, that there had to be an entrenched place for competition between different providers.
A common threat, especially in the form of a pathogen, flicks switches in our brains, making us less tolerant of dissent.
Unless you think the projected caseload was wrong by an order of magnitude, it was the only way to buy time to find and implement a more sustainable strategy.
Europe is heading into its most severe economic crisis for decades. Its two biggest economies — Germany and France — are already in freefall. Germany is contracting at its fastest pace since records began, in 1970, while in France you would need to return to the chaotic days of 1968 to find a slump that […]
Far from being confident, the Hungarian Prime Minister’s recent behaviour demonstrates a man who’s increasingly panicking.