recent elections to the City of London’s local authority were fiercely fought,
after years where the majority of seats went uncontested. Lessons should be
drawn for any future attempt to reform the financial services industry.
Backtracking on the EU's monetary union will be politically very costly, but in the absence of a genuine economic and political union this stands out as the most likely scenario. What are the alternatives? Are there any?
As the government ploughs on with its NHS ‘reforms’ in the face of opposition from medics and the public, whose interests are really driving these reforms? The latest move by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn provides a clue.
Minimising IMF financial support
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narratives that reject views of Egypt as a US client state and redefines Egypt
within a framework of Arab nationalism and centre-right political Islam.
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Both Labour and the Conservatives are keen to integrate social care and health care. But will these proposals put patients at their heart - or will they be driven by the needs of bureaucracy or even business?
The modern liberal concept of liberty has roots in Roman law and the Roman understanding of the master and the slave. We need to unpick that heritage to imagine a better basis for our political aspirations
Legal aid and Law Centres are under threat in the UK, along with the principle of equal access to justice. Geoffrey Bindman QC says it's time for the legal profession to dig into their pockets and help meet the gap in state funding. This week's Friday Essay.
How best to preserve the archaeological
record of the past, which so often obtrudes on political objectives of the
present? And what happens when nation states are effectively bankrupt? Are its monuments to be allowed to collapse
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