Monthly Archives: February 2011

I’ve just come back from a weekend in Delhi, where I was participating in the 13th India-UK Roundtable, a body established by the governments of both countries, of which I am a member. The UK co-chair is Chris Patten, which made … Continue reading

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Today’s quarterly immigration statistics make for interesting reading. Net migration continued to rise in the year to June 2010, but this increase was driven largely by falling emigration (of both UK and non-UK nationals), rather than rising immigration. This poses a … Continue reading

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My blogpost last week on Scotland’s future has sparked off a fascinating conversation about Britain and Scotland, devolution and self-determination.

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Here’s an inspiration for a free school or, even better, a University Technical College: Black Mountain College. Instead of a school for young people ‘turned off by purely academic study‘, as David Cameron puts it, how about one for students radically turned … Continue reading

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I’ve spent a couple of days in Edinburgh with my colleague Guy Lodge, talking to politicians, their advisers and observers of the Scottish political scene.

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The second annual clash of the think-tanks took place last night at the Southbank Centre. It was good fun and I’m pleased to report that I won the audience vote on the night. You can read an account of all … Continue reading

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How could Labour have increased the deficit beyond the levels it actually reached during the recession? This is not a question many people pose. But it is a question that some provide an answer to, albeit unwittingly. One such person … Continue reading

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