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Theresa May has finally taken a spanner to the stabilising wheels of her premiership, graduating from a tricycle to a fully- fledged two-wheeler. At present it is a bodged garage job; stable but lacking fine-tuning and a lack of gears. However, the basics are there and if her tool box continues to grow in light of the complexity of dealing with President Trump, who is to say it might not one day resemble a Raleigh. Other bike brands are available.…
Last week, it was reported that the Department for Transport is considering introducing a diesel scrappage scheme. Under this policy, the government would give cashback to motorists who trade in their old polluting diesel vehicle. A diesel scrappage scheme would help to accelerate the shift away from diesel vehicles, removing one of the biggest sources of harmful air pollution from the roads for good. What’s the problem? Readers of this blog will be familiar with the issue: each year around…
On Friday 27th January President Trump issued more than a simple policy directive; it was the formal unleashing of a political ideology previously unseen in modern democracy. His is a unique brand of politics that refuses to kneel to the power of the media, nor to the popular outrage of the world’s population. It is a politics that means he can sack the acting attorney-general for advising lawyers not to fight cases relating to those opposing his Muslim ban. It…
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 11:06

James Kingston: Tomorrow Belongs to Me?

We are, or so we are told, being swept by anti-establishment fury. Voters in their wisdom have decided to kick the elites and reject the establishment they form. Everywhere the hallowed institutions of the West seem to totter before the storm; pundits solemnly prophesy the decline of the western-led global order; others of bleaker mien question the very notion of progress itself. But a curious fact remains: Unlike almost every other such ‘anti-establishment’ storm in history, this revolution – if…
David Laws on the need to focus on early years and non-selective education Since Theresa May became Prime Minister, she has made a welcome commitment to prioritise action to improve social mobility. However, the recent report of the Social Mobility Commission demonstrates just how much progress needs to be made, in the face of the strong headwinds which are blowing directly in the opposite direction. Any serious strategy to improve social mobility has to involve significant improvements in educational outcomes…
There is a long tradition of simplifying politics into an adversarial game between two opposing tribes, the left and the right. This model has certain attractions. It gives you political friends and opponents, and makes it pretty clear which are which. Of course this model, often deployed subconsciously, has always been highly misleading. But recently, in the Western world at least, it’s become outright dangerous. It blinds moderates, from both the left and right, to the threat from their ‘own’…
Those not paying very, very close attention, may mistakenly have thought that the Leveson Inquiry was done and dusted, the subsequent row about regulation of the press over. Not only is that far from the case, but we now have reached a critical juncture. A seemingly innocuous clause in nearly four year old legislation hangs over the press like a guillotine. Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 relates to costs in libel and privacy cases against newspapers…
Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:54

Elisabeth Laird: On the Wales Bill

This week, the National Assembly for Wales voted through the Wales Bill. Another hope for a long lasting devolution settlement, another disappointment: the fourth try is still not a charm. Although former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb significantly improved relations and communications between the Assembly and Parliament, an act which Alun Cairns has been close to follow, the Government was not persuaded to include all of the recommendations for devolved powers put forward in the Silk Commission, resulting in a bill…
Populism seems now the most dynamic political force in many liberal democracies, following Brexit, Donald Trump’s election victory and the rise of Marine Le Pen’s Front National. But what is populism? Some say that a populist is merely a politician who proves unexpectedly popular. But perhaps we can try a more precise definition. A populist is someone who believes that the traditional governing parties of moderate Left and moderate Right, which claim to oppose each other, in reality form a…
In a week that saw the breaking of an outlandish ‘fake news’ story concerning President-Elect- Trump, it is too easy to overlook the significance of his press conference on Wednesday. In a question and answer session in New York that saw Trump brand Obamacare as a “complete and total disaster”, it is time to give thought to how Trump is going to change the economy of the United States. Viewers were treated to a stage set for the entrance of…

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