David Cameron

David Cameron, a Tory reborn

The next UK election will be about what kind of country Britain wants to be: a country of business or a redistributionist welfare state? Who would have thought David Cameron would ever put this question to the electorate? [...]

Cameron to carve a European illusion

When Cameron finally delivers his long-awaited speech on Europe, he now faces a real choice. Will he actually say something substantial on the issue, risking a confrontation with his party, his coalition partner, the public, the media, and of course his European colleagues? Or will he once more try to please everyone? [...]

A British pawn in Europe’s game

Perhaps it is dawning on Cameron that he had been moved like a pawn on a chessboard by his continental friends. His insistence to act in Britain’s national interest mainly served to promote the interests of France and Germany. Power politics does not get more ironic than this. [...]

So schön kann Koalieren sein

In England bilden mitten in der Krise zwei junge, enthusiastische Politiker eine Regierung der Zuversicht. Das ist auch nötig, ist den Briten das Regieren mit Koalitionen nach jahrzehntelanger Abstinenz doch geradezu wesensfremd. [...]

Nick Clegg isn’t the Messiah

Even at the Policy Exchange event Nick Clegg looked at once fresher than Gordon Brown ever did and more authentic than Cameron ever tried to be. With the Liberal Democrats in government no longer a remote possibility, he is still no Messiah but it is time to take Clegg more seriously now. [...]

No more hope or glory for Britain

The stakes for Britain could hardly be higher. A return to the pre-crisis times of ‘Cool Britannia’, let alone Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory is nowhere in sight. And instead of only printing Adam Smith’s portrait on their bank notes, British policy-makers should rather have read the great master. [...]

Europe can’t afford weak leaders

Europe’s centre-right has instead embarked on the task of presenting themselves as the nicer social-democrats, purging themselves of any trace economic liberalism and any old-fashioned conservative instincts. Unfortunately, this unprincipled race for popularity will do nothing to restore Europe’s competitiveness. [...]

Britisches Postleitzahlen-Lotto, vorbildliches Gelsenkirchen

Das Vereinigte Königreich ist in Wirklichkeit längst kein einiges Land, sondern tief in sich gespalten. Auf der einen Seite gibt es erfolgreiche Orte wie London und Oxford, auf der anderen Seite aber auch Städte wie Hull und Sunderland, die seit Jahrzehnten mit dem Niedergang zu kämpfen haben. Kein angenehmes Thema für Politiker. [...]

Urban regeneration isn’t working (but it can be better)

Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich is Chief Economist at Policy Exchange although he's about to emigrate for a new think tank appointment in Australia. In this Platform he explains the argument of the urban regeneration paper that he edited and that caused such a storm earlier this week. [...]

Konservative Mimese

Die britischen Konservativen machen es Kommentatoren nicht gerade leicht. Kaum eine andere große europäische Volkspartei wird derzeit so widersprüchlich beurteilt wie die Tories unter ihrem Parteichef David Cameron. Für die einen steht Cameron für die Erneuerung und Verjüngung seiner Partei. Andere sehen genau darin den Ausverkauf konservativer Grundüberzeugungen. Wieder andere halten all dies nur für eine modernere Verpackung traditioneller politischer Konzepte. [...]