We need to make Whitehall fit to run post-Brexit Britain

14 Jan

As Britain prepares to leave European Union, and to disengage with its administration and institutions, there will clearly need to be changes in the way the United Kingdom organises its own governmental structures. New roles and new responsibilities will require new ways of doing business. With a new government in place, with a strong mandate […]

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It’s ridiculous! The disarray of our fiscal system leaves voters short-changed

6 Dec

Our fiscal policies are in disarray, and this will leave voters short-changed. Jagjit S. Chadha (NIESR) explains that fiscal policy planning has just taken a huge retrograde step with the delay in a budget, spending plan and official economic forecast. Furthermore, he argues that whatever government we end up with is unlikely to reach its … Continued

Brexit has challenged the comfort and authority of the Establishment

24 Oct

I’ve always thought of the Establishment as a vague but useful description for the clusters at the top of the tree in politics and society: those who have the power to shape our ordinary lives rough hew them how we may; paternalist chaps and chappesses rather like the eighteenth century aristocracy, but a bit more […]

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A short primer for Philip Hammond on the benefits of free trade deals

14 Oct

The news concerning the negotiations is at present confusing. Different sides put out different leaks and we all remain none the wiser. However the EU is at least engaging seriously with the UK and for the present that has given a number of people hope that something can be agreed. How strange, then, that at […]

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No Deal is the safest option, given the UK’s increasingly unsustainable trade relationship with the EU 

13 Sep

The fateful decision about whether the UK should leave the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement has to be informed by evidence comparing the UK’s past experience of trading within the EU Customs Union and Single Market, with its trade under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.  The data released by the ONS in March […]

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Theresa May fell into the traps set by the EU and caved into their demands

26 Aug

The failure (thus far) to implement the people’s wishes on Brexit must be the greatest cock-up in British history. It has created a political mess in which we wallow while the world laughs. So it’s worthwhile to ask what went wrong and learn the lessons. We wasn’t just robbed. We failed incompetently. Brexiteers assumed that it would […]

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Why a US-UK trade deal ought to mean us finally getting some sense from Brussels

28 Jul

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already made it clear he will urgently look for a trade deal with President Trump. From a purely political viewpoint, this clearly makes sense in a world where the EU is mortally afraid of what President Trump might do next to it. However, there is also an economic logic to […]

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