The coronavirus crisis has reinvigorated some old debates about the role of the state and the pros and cons of free-market capitalism. Many of the new contributions from all sides have been insightful and constructive. Some, unfortunately, have not. One of the latter is a recent piece by Thomas Fazi, ‘Could Covid-19 vanquish neoliberalism?’, published … Continue reading ‘Could Covid-19 vanquish neoliberalism?’ – a response to Thomas Fazi
Given how trendy it is to blame ‘capitalism’ for all the world’s other ills, from wars to climate change, it’s no surprise that some have been quick to pin the current crisis on the failures of free markets too. Many have also used the need for unprecedented government intervention as evidence that the state should … Continue reading Coronavirus crisis doesn’t mean Corbyn was right
Here is a presentation I gave on 2nd March to sixth-form students, on the pros and cons of lowering the voting age for UK-wide elections to 16... Schools presentation on voting age (2nd Mar 2020)
"Buy British, Goldman Sachs tells clients". I had mixed feelings on reading this headline. It’s reassuring that the City is waking up to the prospect of an upturn in the economy next year. Goldman is surely right that clarity on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU should emerge sooner under a Conservative … Continue reading Five times the City got it wrong on Brexit
Earlier this month I spoke at a conference for sixth formers on the pros and cons of lowering the voting age. Other panellists included the local Labour MP and a representative of the Electoral Reform Society, both of whom argued in favour of voting at 16. In contrast, I believe we should stick at 18, … Continue reading Should the voting age be lowered to 16?