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Posted 29 Aug 2015 in Britain, CapX, Immigration
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An excellent pamphlet by Jeremy Cliffe, The Economist’s new Bagehot columnist, explains how a number of long-term trends are likely to create a cosmopolitan liberal majority in Britain. This poses big challenges, and big opportunities, for existing political parties. I wrote a response to the pamphlet for Policy Network and argued in CapX that while Labour […]

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, Politics
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I participated in a debate in City AM about this with Steven Woolfe, UKIP’s immigration spokesman. Tweet

Posted 11 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, Business, Immigration
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Posted 11 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, City AM, Immigration
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Posted 10 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, CapX, Immigration
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Britain is becoming more like London: its people are increasingly diverse, urban, university-educated, international, and socially liberal. This cosmopolitan future is overwhelmingly a good thing, and one which today’s politicians neglect at their peril. That is the essential message of Jeremy Cliffe’s clear-eyed and persuasive paper, which ought to be carefully read and digested by […]

Posted 30 Jul 2015 in Blog, Britain, Diversity, Immigration, Policy Network
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Posted 22 Jul 2015 in Blog, Britain, CapX, euro, Europe, Germany
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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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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