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Does Leave really mean Leave?

Basically… yes, according to Morgan Stanley, who have however outlined one tortuous alternative path: We do see a political route to reversing the decision – a new parliament with a majority for a pro-Remain party which is either elected on a reversal platform or subsequently holds and wins a new referendum on reversing the decision. But this is quite an ask: First, the reversal of the decision probably has to be done before the UK actually exits, since at that point the UK may lose its...

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Cameron’s chickens

As many havewritten, although Donald Trump is despised by the Republican party establishment, he is an unintended and unfortunate creation of that party. They built up a system where you needed money to enter politics, because they controlled the money. (It is to Sanders’ credit, and the popularwill behind his campaign, that he has overcomethis hurdle.) But that allowed someone very rich to highjack the system. The Republicans have exploited prejudice to win votes, which allowed someone to...

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How Osborne and Cameron turned a crisis into a disaster

Would it be a wild, politically motivated jibe to call these the Osborne/Cameron floods? Of course it is nonsense to suggest that there would have been no floods over the last five years under a different government, but it is equally nonsense to deny that Osborne/Cameron policies have significantly increased the damage and human misery caused by these floods. Consider the following: We have known since at least the Pitt review of 2007 that climate change was going to greatly increase the...

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Paris, climate change and the UK government

In a recent column, Paul Krugman bemoansthe consensus view among Republican politicians that we should do nothing about climate change, and that manyof the Republican nominees for president actually deny the science. He also complains about how the conventions of political journalism mean that public perceptions about the science becomedistorted as a result. He says that this situation - where parties on the right deny the need to take action on climate change - is unique to the US and...

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Osborne, Cameron and fiscal irresponsibility

Is there anyone left who really believes that George Osborne is cutting public spending because he wants to be prudent with the nation’s finances? Unfortunately I think the answer is far too many. Most macroeconomists have had deep suspicions or worse for some time, as we could see what damage austerity was doing to the economy. You might say that issue is past as growth has returned, but this would be quite wrong. What is now becoming clear is that the fears that someeconomists had all along...

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How television fails in its duty to inform

When a Tory voter emotionally complainedabout how she had been deceived about cuts to her tax credits, it caught the media’s attention. I don’t want to get into the debate that followed about whether she deserved sympathy or not, except to say this just shows up some elements of the left at their sanctimonious worst. What struck me was the juxtaposition of this with another remark I saw elsewhere, which is that everyone who had looked at the numbers knew Osborne would cut tax credits after...

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Why David Cameron will struggle to out-Ukip Ukip on EU migration

As I point out repeatedly, the debate about EU migration and free movement has two separate, but related, dimensions: “fairness” – who can access what benefits and when; and “volume” – how many migrants come to the UK every year. So far, David Cameron has been sticking to fairness, seeking to change the EU rules on both out of work benefits such as job-seekers allowance, and in-work benefits such as tax credits. In my view, this is the right focus. EU free movement is a net benefit to the UK...

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