According to The Times, the Treasury is pressing for foreign aid to be cut temporarily from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5% as part of next Wednesday’s Spending Review. This would be both poor economics and dreadful politics. By way of background, the International Development Act of 2015 commits the government to spend 0.7% of national … Continue reading ‘Global Britain’ shouldn’t be taking an axe to foreign aid
On 9th June I gave a presentation (as a VTalk) for Speakers for Schools on whether the minimum voting age in UK-wide elections and referendums should be lowered to 16. Here are the slides... Speakers for Schools Presentation on Voting Age (9th June 2020) And here is a link to the talk itself... Julian Jessop … Continue reading Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
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