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Picking through the detritus of twitterings and commentary on The Speech, I came across the remarkable book-length essay, The Left Against Europe, penned in 1972 by Tom Nairn, the redoubtable Scottish new left thinker. Although its Marxian analytical framework is … Continue reading

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Last week, the authorities in Hong Kong bowed to the inevitable and slapped a 15 per cent stamp duty on properties purchased by overseas buyers. With its currency tied to the dollar, and no capital controls or capital gains tax, … Continue reading

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For many years, admiration for the Swedish economic and social model was a preserve of the British left. That started to change in 2006, when the centre-right Moderate party took power in Sweden under the youthful and dynamic leadership of … Continue reading

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I’m away for a summer break, so I thought I’d sign out from this blog for a couple of weeks with some holiday reading tips. 

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All over Europe, the post-war “catch-all” political parties of left and right are in decline, losing vote share to new parties and other rising forces across the political spectrum. Centre-Right parties are struggling to contain surges of anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic and … Continue reading

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At some point in every generation, British policymakers look in envy and awe at the German economy.

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Baltic boosterism is back. Last week Fraser Nelson used his new Telegraph column to sing the praises of Estonia’s economic performance, taking his cue from an earlier editorial in the Wall Street Journal which lavished praise on the small Baltic … Continue reading

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Political leadership in Europe is in short supply. In addition to the crisis in the eurozone, and the deeper crisis of legitimacy that the European political project faces, the continent is suffering an identity crisis.

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