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The UK and Europe: A Win-Win Situation

Wednesday 6th August: As London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, endorses Dr Gerard Lyons's report on the path ahead in the UK-EU debate, here, for Politeia's summer blog, Dr Lyons explains the steps needed for Britain's successful economic future.

The world economy is changing dramatically and looks set to grow strongly in coming decades, as I outline in my new book 'The Consolations of Economics'. London, the UK and Europe need to ensure they position themselves in this changing and growing global economy. Cites, countries, companies and citizens need to play to their strengths, adapt and change and embrace this new globality. It is within this context that the issue of the UK and the European Union needs to be addressed.

London Works - Sheila Lawlor, Politeia's Director, comments on Gerard Lyons’s Politeia blog

London Works, says Sheila Lawlor, Politeia's Director, commenting on Gerard Lyons’s summer blog for Politeia.

London in August – and every month – is a working city. Boris Johnson intends to keep it so. In his speech today he endorsed his chief economic advisor Gerard Lyons’s plan to enhance London’s pole position nationally and globally; and he also indicated his wish to return to the Commons for the next election.

London, the UK and Europe, says Lyons ‘need to ensure they position themselves in this changing and growing global economy’. Europe must reform or Britain should leave the EU, a message endorsed by the Mayor who added that a future ‘in’ a reformed Europe would be best, but if the EU is unwilling to change, a free trade relationship would secure London’s prosperity and its vast trading network globally as well as in the EU. There are four areas for reform within the EU, and if these are not secured, Britain can do extremely well in a new relationship, in a ‘win-win’ future.

Gove Agonistes: Lost the Battle, Won the War?

Friday 25th July 2014: Not many ministers in charge of our education system leave a mark on public consciousness, let alone on history. In a special of our blog, Professors Robert Tombs and David Abulafia, who wrote Politeia’s history curriculum, paint a political and personal portrait of Michael Gove.

A Sinister Sacrifice to Populism

Friday 18th July 2014: The government reshuffle last week caught the headlines, especially because of the unexpected removal of Michael Gove from Education. Here, John Marenbon* warns that such populism has its sinister side.

UKIP is often described as a ‘populist’ party, because its leaders, as a matter of long-held and deeply-thought conviction, advocate a view with which is very popular in the country. But this is not populism, at least, not in the pejorative sense. Populist leaders are, rather, those who, no matter what their own convictions (or in the absence of any convictions at all), shape their policies, and choose who is to implement them, according to what they believe to be popular: the practitioners of government by opinion poll and focus group. Recent British governments have all tended to such populism, and Mr Cameron’s is no exception. The most populist moment of his premiership came earlier this week: a reshuffle which was deliberately billed as being intended to make the appearance of the government more publicly attractive and representative, with greying grey-suited men replaced by younger males and attractive younger women, who are not more able but more telegenic.

No Stone Unturned?

Friday 11th July 2014: As the government announces two new inquiries into child abuse allegations, Dr Sheila Lawlor considers past form at Westminster.

Child abuse allegations are in the headlines again as it emerged that files handed to the Home Office in the 1980s, which named high-profile child abusers in Westminster, seem to have gone missing.

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