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Chancellor: Inequality breeds outbreak of populism

July 22, 2016

The rich have enjoyed most of the fruits of globalisation, just as they did in 19th-century America. Unless politicians can enact benign policies to rectify the widening gap between the have-somes and have-lots, more unpleasant alternatives will loom on the horizon.

Sports Direct scandal debunks UK employment glory

July 22, 2016

UK lawmakers have issued a damning report on the retailer and say working conditions hark back to Victorian times. Founder Mike Ashley has big problems to fix. But there’s a wider economic malaise if workers put up with such poor treatment even when the jobless rate is very low.

Trump chooses fear mongering over economic promise

July 22, 2016

The White House hopeful was anointed at the GOP convention. He and other speakers, like tech investor Peter Thiel, presented a dire picture. The economy is stable but violence at home and abroad has unnerved voters. The grim message, coupled with populist appeal, could resonate.

Assault on UK privilege has many possible targets

July 14, 2016

Theresa May wants to focus on more than the "privileged few". If Britain's new prime minister is serious, the most glaring disparities are in pensions, savings, housing and infrastructure. Action in these areas would go some way to healing north/south and young/old rifts.

Workers on boards only small step in UK governance

July 11, 2016

Theresa May, perhaps Britain's next prime minister, wants employees among company directors. Germany's 40-year-old union-heavy "Mitbestimmung" model - which goes further than the UK would - hasn't been the disaster predicted by industry, but it also has its downsides.

London’s divorce from wider UK can only go so far

July 1, 2016

The capital's new mayor is right to seek greater tax autonomy. But after a divisive vote in which Londoners wanted to stay in the EU, the trick is to do so without increasing divisions with the rest of the UK. Offsetting devolution with lower grants is a good place to start.

Hadas: Britain picks the wrong time to play games

June 29, 2016

After the vote to leave the EU, politicians on both sides have taken pride in abdicating their responsibility. It comes not from respect for democracy, but for another British tradition: treating things as a game. Young people lost this round, but may even the score in future.

Trump and UK’s Leave campaign are peas in a pod

By Rob Cox
June 27, 2016

Like the Brexiteers, the presidential nominee says things often disproven by facts. He makes promises without plans to enact them. When these prove unworkable, there’s regret and backtracking. By invoking NATO’s future, the stakes may be as high or higher for a Trump victory.

Britain was lost on the playing fields of Eton

June 27, 2016

The school’s alumni include outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron and Boris Johnson, who hopes to replace him. The Duke of Wellington supposedly attributed his victory at Waterloo to an Eton education. Cameron’s folly in calling an EU referendum suggests less desirable aspects.

Britain’s EU vote: a guide for the perplexed

June 23, 2016

The UK is about to vote on whether to leave the European Union. In many ways, Britain is already a euro-anomaly. Whichever way the public votes, the referendum will leave scars, and usher in big changes that go beyond the EU’s borders – whatever shape those may take.