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Poverty in the UK: radical social re-engineering

There was a revealing exchange between Krishnan Guru-Murthy and a Treasury minister after Channel 4 led with the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on UK poverty. After the minister trotted out various statistics about trends in poverty and inequality, Guru-Murthy said something like you have just proved the report right when it says the government is in denial. The Treasury minister was right about some of the things he said: the poverty statistics are not getting noticeably worse and might even...

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The outlook for sanctions against Russia under Trump: stronger or weaker?

Who knows — a mystery.(Although when it comes to the outlook for old-fashioned Russian expropriation risk, Glencore’s actual equity in Rosneft will be 0.54 per cent — or €300m, paid to underpin a five-year, 220,000 barrels a day off-take agreement.)Related link:A “very good result” (Putin) – FT Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. All rights reserved. You may share using our...

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The unique blindness of some commentators on the right

Janan Ganesh of the FT talksabout the unique moral arrogance of the left. They have too often “impugned the motives of Conservatives”. He says that “the reality of politics in a rich, modern country is that parties are squabbling over marginalia”. He is wrong, and should get out more. For example, take the issue of benefit sanctions. No doubt he might say that sanctions existed, and indeed the regime was tightened, during the Labour government. But the reality is that something very horrible,...

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