Illiberal Britain

Viktor Orban, with the hair of Boris Johnson

In June, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, declared that, “for me, Hungary has no place in the EU any more”. He was responding to a new law banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality among under-18s, the latest in an ever-lengthening catalogue of discrimination against minority groups. His was not the first such call. In 2016,…

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The surprising challenges of spending free money

Governments need to consult the private sector to bring about the best in public-private innovation partnerships This was what Europeans had been dreaming about. The COVID pandemic, with all the misery it brought to millions of people, seemed to provoke an unprecedent response from EU bureaucrats and politicians, one which was markedly different from the…

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Why Labour shouldn’t be afraid of the Culture War

Shortly after Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015, David Cameron declared “Twitter is not Britain”. It was meant as an admonishment to those who thought that the widespread support for Corbyn on social media channels was representative of wider public opinion. These days it could equally be directed at a right-wing commentariat which…

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Inflating Labour

What do likely coming changes in inflation mean for Labour’s electoral hopes? Inflation is coming, but for how long it will last above the 2% Bank of England target and whether Britain will face several inflation spikes is still debatable. If Labour hopes to sell a new World War II style settlement to the electorate…

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The Promise of the Biden Plan

In the third of a three part series, Alexander Perry considers the implications of the Biden presidency for climate action Click here to read the first part of this series, and here to read the second part. Calls for engagement with environmental issues have grown louder since climate science broke into the mainstream in the…

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Climate change and inequality

In the second of a three part series, Alexander Perry considers the implications of the Biden presidency for climate action For the previous article in this series, click here. As well as taking on fossil giants, the Biden administration will need to be receptive to the needs of communities that depend upon those giants for…

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Biden’s green agenda

In the first of a three part series, Alexander Perry considers the implications of the Biden presidency for climate action President Biden’s proposed environmental policies are some of the boldest in US history, and formed a conspicuous cornerstone of his election campaign. After initial criticism during the Democratic Party primaries that his proposed actions were…

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