Joe Zammit-Lucia is a co-Founder and Trustee of radix.org.uk, a think tank for the radical centre. He is an entrepreneur and commentator on business and political issues. He writes columns for various outlets in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and the USA. He is co-auther of "The Death of Liberal Democracy?" and "A Radical Politics for Business".
It is no wonder that Westminster is in shock and panic about the current allegations. Far from being a little local problem, it threatens to bring down the whole fragile house of cards. Yet we know what we can expect. Some kind of inadequate sticking plaster will be found to place on what is a deep, festering wound of cover-up, bribery and blackmail at the heart of our democratic system.
A progressive alliance may be a way of providing an alternative majority in parliament. It may be the only way that Labour and other parties can shoehorn themselves into power. But an inspiring vision that will energise the British public it is not.
Trump is very clearly the same person as President as the one on the campaign trail. Many were hoping that he would change his language and style once elected. That he would, 'govern from the mainstream.' They are being hugely disappointed. Trump continues to surprise us - one way or the other.
If France falls to Le Pen, the European project will likely unravel. It might be a shock to the system that is greater than a President Trump. In a recent essay, I predicted that France would have a National Front president by around 2035. I may have been far off. The date may be 2017.
he bad news is that they may, once again, be convinced that their own position is so undoubtedly correct that they will treat with disdain and consider mere superficial spin the need to find a unifying, powerful, viscerally appealing slogan under which people can be brought together.
The more effective the amplification of their barbaric acts, the more they will successfully undermine the liberal democratic model that they despise. And their determination to do just that is strong, resilient and long lasting.
I am hoping that the unbelievably idiotic standard Brussels response that the only answer to Europe's problems is more Europe will, after this week, be consigned to the dustbin of history. However, I fear that the blindness and deafness of the European ideologues that still populate the European corridors of power may well be total. That, by their actions and behaviour, they will convert what could be a temporary setback to a catastrophic unravelling of the whole European project. We shall see.
It will never happen. This is what many of my friends on both sides of the Atlantic have repeatedly told me over the last several months when I asked about their view of a Trump presidency. So outrageous was the idea that it was not even considered a subject worthy of discussion.
Let's conduct a thought experiment. Imagine the government (of whichever country) introduced a tax break, or a tax loophole if you like, that if used, could benefit everyone irrespective of level or type of earnings. How many of us would refuse to use such a tax break because we felt that it was morally wrong to pay less tax when we could pay more? I may be totally wrong but I'm not imagining a long queue of people lining up to pay more tax.
Today, not yet seven months after he was handed sole control of the Treasury, Osborne's net approval rating has plunged to minus seventeen. It seems that the Liberal Democrats did not just inject moderation, they also brought competence. Shorn if his Lib Dem colleagues, Osborne has descended into ideologically driven incompetence.