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The elegant solution – a vote on the Backstop at the end of the transition period

Various solutions have been proposed to the Irish backstop issue in the Withdrawal Agreement, but none appear to appease the concerns of those who oppose the Backstop. The Withdrawal Agreement may be rejected by the House of Commons because of the Irish Backstop. I have to say that I find the idea of regulatory checks […]

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It’s the backstop stupid

In the UK the political issue is not “it’s the economy stupid” at present, it’s the Irish border backstop. The issue which is primarily likely to lead to the Withdrawal Agreement not being passed by the House of Commons is that backstop for the Irish border. Remove it, or allow the UK to withdraw unilaterally […]

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Hotel California and the Irish border

This is a longer version of what was posted on LInkedIn. The Irish Border / backstop appears to be an insoluble problem in arriving at a Brexit deal or settlement. I find it hard to believe that the Good Friday Agreement is the main driver however much this is protested. Concerns about the resurgence of […]

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How government policy on Universities disrupted the UK housing market

The recent UK Political Party Conferences all focussed on the problems with the UK housing market. The shortage of social housing is clear and the policy to address this issue is clear – build more units and provide the finance to local authorities to achieve this. What I want to focus on the rest of […]

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Dieselgate – why did the EC allow this to happen?

I’ve been reading the recent report by Transport and Environment “Mind the Gap 2016” about car fuel efficiency and it makes shocking reading for a number of different reasons. The report focuses on the difference between official tests which produce the emissions data on which we base decisions to buy cars in Europe and the […]

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Happy Yule

Today – 22 December – is the first day of Yule and the beginning of the new solstice year, so Happy Yule to all.

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The tyranny of experts and populism

Experts have been getting a hard time recently, disparaged by a number of politicians. Their credibility diminished in the mind of the common man. Their pronouncements not believed by many. And yet given the complexity of the modern world we need experts to advise on issues, so how have we got here and why does […]

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Life Cycle Assessment – Toilet seats and business sustainability

The hinges on a toilet seat broke and so I thought I would buy the hinges and replace them. Well the manufacturer’s website didn’t have the information and an email to them didn’t elict a response, so what I found myself doing was buying a new plastic toilet seat I didn’t need to acquire the […]

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Tax policy and developing countries – a 2016 update

I’ve been having a number of discussions about how successful the OECD project on Tax and Development has been and the challenges it faces. It was clear from inception that the inherent challenge in the project is that the interests of developed countries do not coincide with those of developing countries in many policy areas. […]

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Luther, Trump and Neo Liberalism

There is a very good piece in the FT today about how we reinvent historical figures for our times on Martin Luther to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg which would lead to a schism in the Christian church. It set me thinking about […]

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