The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

The British Museum should ask for more from BP

April 7, 2016

Big Oil may have to start paying a premium to tack its name onto UK culture. The British Museum is coming under fire from famous climate change activists like film star Emma Thompson for taking corporate sponsorship from BP. For the London institution, the cost of accepting the oil group’s patronage has risen. More to the point, BP isn’t being that generous.

from The Great Debate:

Alexander Litvinenko and Karl Marx’s stepchildren

January 27, 2016

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, attends a demonstration in support of Boris Nemtsov, former deputy prime minister of Russia and prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, outside the Russian Embassy in London March 01, 2015. Nemstov was murdered two days ago as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin in Moscow. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4RN56

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. REUTERS/Neil Hall

from The Great Debate:

Will a member reportedly caught with two prostitutes bring down the UK House of Lords?

July 31, 2015

Guests sit in the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Geoff Pugh/Pool

Guests sit in the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Geoff Pugh/Pool

Scottish National Party victories real seismic change in UK election

May 8, 2015
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, makes a speech on the final day of campaigning in Edinburgh Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, makes a speech on the final day of campaigning in Edinburgh Scotland, Britain May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

from Breakingviews:

UK politics is failing the trust test

May 4, 2015

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own.

UK politics is failing the trust test.

In the run-up to the May 7 election, the public has lambasted leaders of the established parties for breaking promises and lack of candour. While the critique is healthy, Britain has yet to give birth to leaders who score highly on integrity. This is needed, not just in the United Kingdom.

from John Lloyd:

No gimmicks, just 10 good reasons why Scotland shouldn’t leave the UK

September 11, 2014

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Readers of a romantic bent, perhaps Scots or descendants of Scots, may think that it would be cool for Scotland to vote for independence from the United Kingdom next Thursday.

Predictions and wishes for Osborne’s 2013 Budget

March 19, 2013

By Nick Hostler, tax expert at BDO. The opinions expressed are his own.

Following the recent loss of the UK’s AAA rating, Chancellor George Osborne will be keen to show real progress and dedication towards eliminating the UK’s structural fiscal deficit, but must balance this with ensuring that the UK is a highly competitive and attractive location for multi-national businesses. The Budget should mark a watershed moment for the coalition government as Osborne, with an eye on the next general election, treads a fine line while demonstrating an understanding of the pressures faced by individuals and businesses across the country.

Budget day cheer is here again

March 19, 2013

By Laurence Copeland. The opinions expressed are his own.

Budget Day again, and the pressure on Chancellor George Osborne is rising ominously. There is little agreement about what needs to be done, but complete agreement that something has to change because the state of Britain’s economy is simply awful.

Democracy vs. austerity

May 8, 2012

By Kathleen Brooks. The opinions expressed are her own.

Throughout history it has always been difficult to take something away from someone once you have given it to them. Europe is finding that it is extremely difficult to reign in public finances once they start to go out of control. Democracies don’t like to vote for austerity, which is why Sarkozy lost the Presidency in France, why a radical left party came second in the Greek elections and why the Conservatives got a drubbing at last week’s local elections in the UK.

Salvation through inflation: The British way out

October 18, 2011

By Laurence Copeland. The opinions expressed are his own.

Accusing policymakers of acting out of sheer desperation is a pretty standard jibe by critics trying to put them off their stride.