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23 February 2004
The capacity to be shocked
by a naked breast on television is not the only issue separating America and
Europe as the U.S. splashes out on an expensive economic recovery in an election
year. Eurozone growth may be slower, but its longer term prospects look a
better bet. Britain, as usual, is torn both ways.
19 January 2004
The debate about the funding
of local government will fail to make progress until politicians face up to
the reality of who's calling the tune.
15 December 2003
A simple, fair, transparent
tax system that undertakes to provide everybody with specified services of
a specified quality. Is that really too much to ask?
17 November 2003
British government ideas
for a single U.S.-E.U. market reflect a vision of shared interests and values
that is supported neither by history not by contemporary reality.
Sauce for the goose...
7 July 2003
Government proposals for
gay marriage are good policy, and good politics, too. But encouraging mutual
support and dependence could be much more widely extended, to the advantage
of society as a whole.
Letting the regulator take the strain
30 June 2003
The government is letting
commercial public service providers budget for a profit while its own regulator
is doing all the sums that matter. So why shouldn't a state-owned contractor
pitch for the work?
2 June 2003Good decision-making is a process of questioning, and that involves listening carefully to the answers that you least expect.
21 April 2003Budget day offers a reminder of how governments try to influence the way that people behave. But the effect is not always predictable and certainly not always what the government intends. The trick is to harness the existing momentum, or "go with the flow".