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George Magnus’s Viewpoints blog

Whatever happened to the party of economic competence?

2nd October 2017 (First published: Prospectmagazine.co.uk, 2/10/2017) As they gather for conference, the Tories must fight to save their brand This week’s Conservative Party conference will probably make for a sorry spectacle. The weakness of the prime minister means no

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Can Macron get labour reforms to work?

8th September 2017 The president’s approval ratings are now dire—but the big test is yet to come It seems only yesterday that Emmanuel Macron swept to power in France’s presidential election, and his political movement, EN MARCHE!, secured a commanding

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Brexit: more business, less Dunkirk please

25th July 2017 (Originally published by Prospect Magazine, 24th July 2017) It was inevitable. The release of Christopher’s Nolan’s new film Dunkirk has spurred the supporters of Brexit in parliament and the media to hijack the bravery and spirit of that time in support

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China turns up the regulatory heat – for now

30th May 2017 Pretty much since the start of 2017, something has been stirring in China’s financial markets. The effects are now becoming more evident. In a nutshell, China has moved – contrary to all the expectations people had that

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Trump’s tax plan: having a laugh on Laffer

2nd May 2017 In the National Museum of American History, there is an exhibit of a white cloth napkin taken from a Washington DC restaurant in 1974. The reason it is there because it is adorned with a graph and

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