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Chinese incidents with a sting in the tale

Chinese incidents with a sting in the tale Some China-watchers I know think that if China slips up or worse, comes up against popular resistance, the cause is less likely to be found in China’s debt situation or anything that’s

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Carpetbaggers of Brexit

20th November 2017   They say that leaving the Single Market and Customs Union, aka Brexit, will deliver a major boost to the UK economy, worth 7 per cent of GDP or £135 billion a year. Their claim, voraciously hoovered

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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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