The central message from Labour’s conference in Brighton is that “ideology is back” in British politics.
Emphasising differences on the economy, the financial crisis and public spending, Labour has sought to depict an ideological gulf between themselves and their Tory opponents. Labour is the party of public service – the Tories of markets. Continue reading “Is Ideology Back in British Politics?”
How can we be talking at the same time about shrinking public spending on core services while propping up the banks? FOR FULL TEXT SEE MY LATEST COLUMN FOR PUBLIC FINANCE.
A very well-balanced and interesting BBC programme and article by journalist Michael Blastland on the UK experience with performance targets, especially in the NHS. Well worth a read/listen.
Professor Joseph S. Nye (Harvard) spoke this morning at the Maxwell School (Syracuse), where I am currently a guest. Nye is famous for coining the phrases ‘soft power’ and ‘smart power’ – both of which have slipped into the political lexicon. Continue reading “The End is Nye: Religion and Soft Power”
I am in the USA for two weeks, and am amazed by the vitriol of the political debate. We get only mild echoes in the UK of just how polarised American politics has become and how much rage appears to be about. CNN is even running a series next week entitled “Mad as Hell” about this popular resentment. Continue reading “Rage in the USA”
At last Gordon Brown has uttered the “c” word – cuts. Although everyone knows that some level of cutback in public spending is going to be necessary, all attention has focused on the “will he, won’t he” question of whether the Prime Minister would use the ‘cuts’ word. Continue reading “Cuts – still a phoney war with more heat than light”
Geoff Hodgson, a leading light it what some have called “post-autistic economics”, has launched a petition calling for a reorientation of the profession. Continue reading “Call for Human Economics”
As the holiday season draws to a close and the political conference season approaches the almost overwhelming consensus amongst the political class and media is that Britain is facing a public finance crisis of staggering proportions. Continue reading “Three Questions”