We Must Plan For A 'No Deal' Brexit, Now

When considering Brexit negotiations, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that these negotiations are taking place between two parties who want to achieve similar outcomes which, if possible, benefits both parties - a win/win situation.
12/10/2017 11:49 BST

Reducing Inequalities And The Failure Of Identity Politics

Inequality is supposedly one of the defining political issues of our age. There exists in the world today massive inequalities between regions, between countries and within countries which have sometimes widened not narrowed in recent decades. Such inequalities could be financial (income, wealth) or non-financial concerning access to public services, quality of the physical environment etc.
19/09/2017 17:43 BST

How Do We Make Our Politicians More Accountable?

We have come a long way from King John in the 13th century but the world and its institutions of government are hugely more complex. Moreoever, changes are still taking place. It seems to me that there is a urgent need to consider this whole issue of accountability of the state to get a framework fit for the 21st century rather than relying on piecemeal actions in response to the latest scandal.
27/01/2017 11:08 GMT

Brexit: Are the Eastern Europeans Mad to Let the UK Leave?

What is amazing is that these Eastern European states are prepared to let the UK leave the EU over a relatively small amount of money concerning benefits paid to its UK-based citizens. A man from Mars would look at this and think they were mad.Let us hope they do not have cause to regret that action
22/04/2016 11:31 BST

The UK Steel Industry and Why I Disagree With The Economist

I am sure I am not the only person who is a long time subscriber and reader of the Economist journal but who disagrees profoundly with most of what it says. The online comments section of the journal show just that. For example...
12/04/2016 10:33 BST

The Stupidest Suggestion of the Decade: Or Is It?

What is my stupidest suggestion of the decade? That the UK should shift its Parliament from London to Birmingham. Absurd, crazy, mad - these are all the things that would be said (or even worse) but is it that stupid?
28/03/2016 15:46 BST

Are We Sleepwalking Into a Totalitarian Society?

It seems to me that 'giving offence' is now one of the most heinous criminal charges on the statute book. If this carries on, we will need to redraft Voltaire's famous saying: "I don't agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it" to read something different
02/04/2013 21:51 BST

Economic Growth: Something Must Be Done

Figures released on Wednesday by the Office of National Statistics show that the UK economy contracted by 0.7% between April and June. This situation has been described as the worst double dip recession in 50 years. But does this really matter to ordinary people? Yes, of course, it does.
26/07/2012 17:48 BST

Is It Time to Raise Income Tax

The current global economic and financial crisis is sometimes often described as a "perfect storm" combining, as it does, severe debt crises in the UK, USA and Eurozone countries, stagnant (or declining) economic performance and loss of trust in elected politicians.
22/07/2012 15:37 BST

Could State Capitalism Save the Day for the UK Economy

Dealing with financial and economic austerity has been the priority in public policy for some time but there are now signs that the focus is changing. It is becoming increasingly realised that for many countries, of which Greece is the prime example, all the austerity in the world is not going to solve the issues of public budget deficits, astronomical borrowing requirements and negative economic growth.
13/07/2012 11:23 BST

Can the NHS in Wales Continue In Its Present Form?

The on-going row over the report into the Welsh NHS, by Marcus Longley, brings the future of the NHS in Wales, once more, into the public spotlight. Although the report covers many important issues, perhaps the critical issue not considered is whether the NHS in Wales can continue in its present form, in the long term, of being free at the point of consumption and funded from the proceeds of taxation. This may seem a heretical question to ask but asking it must be done.
13/07/2012 11:15 BST