The Great Debate UK

Economic outlook remains fragile

September 26, 2009

John Monks-John Monks is general secretary at the European Trade Union Confederation. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Why the results of the European elections matter

June 16, 2009

justin_fisher– Justin Fisher is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Magna Carta Institute at Brunel University. The opinions expressed are his own. –

What European election campaign?

June 4, 2009

Richard WhitakerRichard Whitaker is a lecturer in European politics at the University of Leicester, UK. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Short-time work cushions Europe in crisis

By Paul Taylor
June 3, 2009

paul-taylor— Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. —

Unlike the 1930s, there are no hunger marches or tent cities of the homeless and jobless in Europe’s biggest economic slump since the Great Depression.

from UK News:

Echoes of Italy’s Clean Hands revolution

May 18, 2009

The shockwaves reverberating through Westminster as the MPs' expenses scandal unfolds have been compared with the "Clean Hands" bribery scandal that effectively demolished Italy's post-war political establishment in the space of a couple of years in the early 1990s.

Labour hits the right nuclear button

April 30, 2009

REUTERS— Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

Here’s a novelty — an awkward process that this British government has actually got right. Labour has played a fine game of grandmother’s footsteps in its realization of the inevitability of new nuclear power stations, and this week has clinched the sale of two sites for them.

from Luke Baker:

In for a penny, in for £175 billion

April 22, 2009

It may not be tax and spend exactly, but it's definitely tax and borrow.

For the best part of 12 years, Labour has pursued essentially conservative (with a small 'c') economic policies, steadily underburdening itself of the 'fiscally unreliable' tag that some earlier Labour administrations were (wrongly or rightly) saddled with.