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The card that could help the UK boost ties with the Commonwealth

This week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting comes at a crucial juncture for the UK’s future as a trading nation. Does Brexit change the way Britain should approach the Commonwealth and what can the government achieve in this meeting for post-Brexit-Britain? I am disappointed in the Brexit vote, and particularly disappointed that my right to freedom of movement within the EU is being taken away. But I accept the democratic decision and take the Prime Minister at her word. “Brexit means... Read More >

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Container ship in port The seductive simplicity of blaming Trump’s win on Cambridge Analytica Blaming bad news on nefarious forces
For the last two years, on both sides of the Atlantic, liberals and other concerned citizens have spent their time searching for an answer to the agonising, appalling, question “How did this happen?” How, for the love of God, could the United Read More >
Vintage suitcases in a pile What Britain can learn from Switzerland Switzerland's economy continued to be strong after it rejected EEA membership
When the UK voted to leave the European Union on June 23 2016, many people could not understand how David Cameron could have allowed such an important decision to be made by, of all people, the voters. Some saw the decision to call a referendum Read More >
Miniature toy house on plain white background Let the market fix the Tories’ housing problem Getting housing right is an existential matter for the Conservatives
During the 2015 General Election, Ed Miliband’s flagship pledge to cap energy prices was derided by conservatives as a deranged idea from the 1970s. The then-PM David Cameron accused “Red Ed” of “wanting to live in a Marxist universe”. Read More >
London skyline Chancellor left hoping that the doomsayers are wrong Recap of the Autumn Budget 2017 and what this means for Brexit
Over 24 hours and counting, and the Autumn Budget still hasn’t unravelled. These days that probably counts as a win. The newspaper coverage has predictably split along party lines, but the consensus seems to be that Philip Hammond played a bad Read More >
Blurred photograph of crowds walking through London The government is ignoring popular, easy fixes to the housing crisis The only way to fix the housing crisis is to make house building popular with local people
Horrified passengers suddenly realize their boat has a leak. They frantically start to paddle it with their hands towards a distant shore. The engine and sail sit ignored and unused. Meanwhile, someone at the stern refuses to raise the Read More >
Monopoly houses balanced on one pound coins Our sluggish planning system is to blame for high house prices The five-year stockpile of building land is caused by planning regulations
We’re told that there are near half a million planning permissions out there as yet unbuilt. Enough to keep the house-building industry going for five years – thus it it argued that it cannot be the planning permission system which causes Read More >
Britain will still do good business after Brexit Preparing for the post-Brexit era
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has been taking criticism, both at home and in EU circles, for being unable to answer precisely the question of what sort of relationship she wants the UK to have with the EU after it has ceased to be a Read More >
Cranes outlined against the sunset Land-banking is not to blame for the housing crisis Developers have little financial incentive to hold on to land; they do so because of restrictive planning laws
The government has found another way to put off ending the housing crisis: it is to launch a review into land-banking, and is expected to recommend a “use it or lose it” approach. It is the latest in a depressingly long list of Labour Read More >
Westminster tube station with Big Ben in the background The Prime Minister has bought herself time – but not yet political authority An update from among the parliamentarians
After nearly losing a general election that she did not need to call, last year ended with Mrs May pulling off the greatest coup of her Premiership. By stumping up enough money, she persuaded the EU that sufficient progress had been made to Read More >
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It is no great revelation that the Cabinet is split on Brexit but the most fundamental split is not one that the mainstream press spends much time analysing. The big divide is between those Cabinet members who want a Canada-style free trade Read More >
Lightbulb on plain white background A tale of two parties Adrian Pepper reflects on the Labour and Conservative party conferences
What a contrast between the Labour and Conservative party conferences. One was more like a rock concert, the other a dull business convention. Labour members scent power and they are high on it. A palpable wave of excitement sweeps across the Read More >
Vintage illustration of an ornate staircase Housing is now at the top of the political agenda Our Westminster insider shares his thoughts on the latest political developments
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For a whole week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been out and about on the airwaves of the United Kingdom, attempting to talk up the prospect of a long transitional period for the UK-EU relationship after the UK’s membership of the EU Read More >
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Despite some of the commentary and analysis of the few days since the UK general election, it is worth reminding ourselves of the result. The Labour party lost the general election and the Conservatives won, albeit that they lost their Read More >
Flatlay of laptop, diary, phone and coffee cup Fixing the broken housing market? Our political insider Adrian Pepper gives his view on recent developments in Westminster and the property markets
You wouldn’t think it from listening to the BBC, watching Sky News or ITN nor from reading the Daily Express. But as negotiations on Brexit continue, the UK and EU may find they can strike a grown up and wide-ranging deal after all. It Read More >

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