• Shovel-ready or not

    04/09/2020

    Though shovel-ready, current government projects are just as useful as building pyramids, burying banknotes and creating earthquakes. It is not what Keynes had in mind, but it is the best his disciples can come up with these days. [...]
  • Though it is tough to reliably forecast what Covid-19 will do to key economic indicators over the coming years, the true legacy of Covid-19 will be for the Government to occupy the commanding heights of the economy once again. And make everyone poorer. [...]
  • To avoid creating ghost towns, we must find a way of saving lives without destroying the cities they inhabit. [...]
  • Europe has left the early stage of the pandemic behind. With more information at hand, European countries are managing Covid-19 in a controlled way. It is a step towards normality on a long road ahead. [...]
  • Should a convicted fraudster be allowed to work as an insolvency practitioner? It ought to depend on how many years have passed since his conviction. [...]
  • Bordering on policy

    21/08/2020

    It is good to see some policy thinking from the opposition. The Government should engage with these ideas and build on the proposals. It can only improve its border management. [...]
  • If the Government does not urgently improve its border handling capacity, there is no point pursuing elimination in New Zealand. We cannot afford to put our largest city into lockdown every few months because the border practices are not virus-tight. [...]
  • Turkey on the brink

    11/08/2020

    Perhaps only one thing might eventually lead Turkey back onto a more sustainable path, both economically and politically. And that is a change in the presidency. [...]
  • Cultural enrichment

    07/08/2020

    While there is a Purity Law for German beer (since you asked, it’s from 1516), there is no such law for culture. [...]
  • If only the EU was a community of values, it would have underlined its commitment to the rule of law in last week’s budget. It did not. [...]

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