The Great Debate UK

A budget for Growth?

By Guest Contributor
March 22, 2011

Thomas Story_NSP8121By Thomas Story, Tax Director, BDO LLP. The opinions expressed are his own.

George Osborne has promised that measures to boost sustainable growth will be central to this week’s Budget. To meet this objective, the Chancellor faces the challenge of accelerating the reform of business taxation within the severe constraints imposed by the overall fiscal position and the political imperatives of the coalition government.

Budget will force ‘squeezed middle’ to muddle through

By Guest Contributor
March 21, 2011

By John Evans, CEO of The opinions expressed are his own.

It’s a cold November morning last year, and in the Today programme studio Ed Miliband sits across the desk from John Humphrys.

Permanent revolution trains kids for unemployment

March 10, 2011

BRITAIN-ELECTION/By Laurence Copeland. The opinions expressed are his own.

I am unsure about Britain’s education system. Most of the time, I think it is a matter of one step forward, two steps back – but then there are times when I wonder about the forward step.

from FaithWorld:

Muslim Brotherhood treads cautiously in the new Egypt

February 16, 2011

cairo sunset

(A girl waves an Egyptian flag at sunset in Cairo February 14, 2011 /Suhaib Salem)

from The Great Debate:

Digital media and the Arab spring

By Guest Contributor
February 16, 2011


By Philip N. Howard, author of "The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam," and director of the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam at the University of Washington. The opinions expressed are his own.

from FaithWorld:

Concern about Islamists masks wide differences among them

February 4, 2011

holding up korans

(Hamas supporters hold up copies of the Koran at a protest in Gaza City December 26, 2010/Mohammed Salem)

from FaithWorld:

Can Arabs learn from Turkish model of Islam and democracy?

February 3, 2011


(Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, December 2, 2008/Umit Bektas)

from Breakingviews:

Low expectations should make China do more on yuan

January 11, 2011

By Wei Gu

The following article is part of Reuters Breakingviews' e-book, Predictions for 2011. The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan and the taboo of secularism

January 8, 2011

graveFor everyone trying to understand the implications of Salman Taseer's assassination, this essay from 2007 is good place to start (h/t Abu Muqawama).  "The Politics of God" is about why Europe decided, after years of warfare over the correct interpretation of Christianity, to separate church and state.  But it is also relevant to Pakistan, where the killing of the Punjab governor over his opposition to the country's blasphemy laws has shown that what was left of Pakistani secularism, is, if not dead, at least in intensive care.

Tuition row: The beginning of the end for the coalition?

December 8, 2010


– Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. The opinions expressed are his own. –