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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 22 Jul 2015 in Blog, Britain, CapX, euro, Europe, Germany
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My piece for Prospect Tweet

Posted 09 May 2015 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Prospect
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Britain’s election today is wide open. But whether we end up with a Conservative or Labour-led government, the SNP looks set to be a big winner in the years ahead. My column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 07 May 2015 in Blog, Britain, Foreign Policy, Politics
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I’m quoted in City AM. Tweet

Posted 27 Feb 2015 in Blog, Britain, Immigration
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Britain needs to celebrate its entrepreneurial success without becoming complacent and telling itself it’s the best, but rather learn from others do better. My panel intervention at Summit: The Future of Growth. The Will to WIn – SUMMIT: The Future of Growth from Seven Hills on Vimeo. Tweet

Posted 05 Jul 2014 in Blog, Britain, Enterprise
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The Independent, 24 April 2014. The crisis has tipped many into disillusionment, despair and extremism – we need a European Spring.

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Paul Krugman argues that a benefit for Britain of keeping the pound is that it has been able to devalue – unlike, for instance, Spain, which is part of the euro – and illustrates the point with a chart that shows the 20% devaluation of the UK’s real exchange rate since the crisis hit.   […]

Posted 07 Jul 2013 in Blog, Britain, euro, Spain
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I debated the fiasco at the summit of EU leaders on 8-9 December on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight with Angela Knight, former Conservative minister and now lobbyist for the British Banking Association. Listen here Tweet

Posted 18 Dec 2011 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Finance, Media
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Progress, 3 February 2011. A response to Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford

Posted 05 Feb 2011 in Britain, Politics, Progress, Published articles
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Headlines from a poll this week suggested nearly half of British people think there are too many immigrants in the UK. But the findings change when people are presented with the facts. The average respondent thought 3 in 10 people in the UK are foreign-born. When told it’s actually 1 in 10, more than twothirds […]

Posted 05 Feb 2011 in Blog, Britain, Immigration
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The debate in the UK about whether to tax bank bonuses (Labour) or balance-sheets (Conservative) is a sideshow. Both are stopgap measures. The key issue is that banks need to be broken up on competition grounds so they don’t earn huge profits in the first place. Tweet

Posted 11 Jan 2011 in Blog, Britain, Finance
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Read my article in The Guardian Tweet

Posted 05 Jan 2011 in Blog, Britain, Public finances, The Guardian
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The Guardian, 4 January 2011. Taxes on financial transactions, carbon and land could fill the hole in the public finances

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The UK government yesterday announced much tighter restrictions on people from outside the EU who want to come here to work or study. At at time when the government is relying on the private sector to drive the recovery as the public sector is cut back, and when the education sector is a particularly important […]

Posted 24 Nov 2010 in Blog, Britain, Immigration
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Ed West says he took time to reply to my earlier post because his “Chinese maid, Yen or Wen or whatever her name is, took ages to clean up my study” – delightful, isn’t he? He then deliberately misinterpreted my response – or perhaps he’s just stupid? I said it was nonsense to claim that […]

Posted 25 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Immigration
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MigrationWatch have posted a pitifully weak response to my criticisms of their education “report”. 1) They defend their use of cumulative figures. They say it is legitimate because the “sole objective” of the study was to calculate “pupil place requirements stemming from net migration since 1998″. Really? If the sole aim was to calculate the […]

Posted 19 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Education, Immigration
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In a typically delightful post about Sally Bercow and the MigrationWatch libel threat, Ed West of the Daily Telegraph describes me as Philippe Legrain, author of How to Turn Europe into the Lebanon in Just One Ill-thought Out Step. Unlike Andrew Green of MigrationWatch, I don’t believe in trying to silence debate, so I’ll let this […]

Posted 15 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Immigration
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Another day, another twisted use of statistics by MigrationWatch. Their shock report suggests the cost of schooling migrants’ children is astrononomical. They do this: 1) By using cumulative figures. If you add up spending on anything over a long period of time, it looks much bigger than it really is. Using a single year’s statistics, […]

Posted 14 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Education, Immigration
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This blog post also appears on the Battle of Ideas blog on the Independent’s website. I will be speaking about mobility about the Battle of Ideas in London on Saturday 30 October. I hope to see some of you there. Further, faster, cheaper, better – ever since the invention of the wheel, human progress can […]

Posted 08 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Mobility, The Independent
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On Tuesday, two Russian-born scientists at the University of Manchester won this year’s Nobel physics prize. The new immigration cap could have prevented them coming to Britain. Today, they and six other Nobel laureates warn that the immigration cap threatens the UK’s position as a centre of scientific excellence. It would “damage our ability to […]

Posted 07 Oct 2010 in Blog, Britain, Immigration