Brexit after Brexit

Now that Brexit is on its way, everyone is trying to work out what it means. I believe the most profound implications are not about the re-configuration of the UK’s political parties, or the length of time withdrawal may take, or the possible economic impact – or even the fragmentation of the United Kingdom.

The . . . → Read More: Brexit after Brexit

What attitude should companies take to Russia?

Russia has annexed Crimea – what is a company to do about it? Russia has ignored due process in annexing the Crimea, yet the level of popular support for Russia in the Crimea seems very high. And Ukraine is clearly split – but then it has been tossed between higher powers, like so much of . . . → Read More: What attitude should companies take to Russia?

Companies: too much like citizens

How much do we want to share our democracy with companies? There’s no doubt a place for companies to make stuff and sell it – but should there be a place for them to pay for political parties and influence party policies? Individuals have the right to petition and influence their rulers, but should companies . . . → Read More: Companies: too much like citizens

What went wrong at Rio?

How did it happen that Rio+20 is universally seen as a failure? The best that can be said is that it was a disappointment. And Greenpeace’s view of the agreement is vitriolic:

“Gone from the Rio agreement is a commitment to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. Gone is any clear commitment to protect . . . → Read More: What went wrong at Rio?

Responsibility for Europe

Europe teeters on the edge of the Eurozone and markets thrash. So whose fault is it?

Is it the fault of those who cannot pay back their loans (poorer countries like Greece)? Or of those who made them in the first place (richer countries like Germany and investors in debt)? No doubt both sides are . . . → Read More: Responsibility for Europe

Pay and bonuses: we need to know more

In Norway, the income and tax paid by every citizen is on the web. Perhaps the UK isn’t quite ready for the Norwegian system, but how can there be a proper debate about pay, tax and bonuses if we don’t know what anyone gets?

We now know that Network Rail bosses are not taking their . . . → Read More: Pay and bonuses: we need to know more

Democracy leaks

When Wikileaks made its disclosures about the war, the banks’ paymasters – Visa, MasterCard and Paypal – panicked. The decision to deprive Wikileaks of the means to receive money has nearly brought it down.

Is this a victory for law and order or the suppression of the right to free speech and a frustration of . . . → Read More: Democracy leaks

Against business – or against bad business?

The BBC is positioning Ed Miliband as anti-business after his call for a new model of business. This is not because of what business has said, as a look at the IOD and CBI websites reveals.

The IOD seems to accept that there are good businesses and bad ones. They simply ask for clarity on . . . → Read More: Against business – or against bad business?

Transparently in Trouble

The current controversies about transparency, privacy and free speech raise very many issues:

the difference between the public interest and what the public is interested in the relative access to justice of the rich and of the poor the right roles of parliament and the courts the balancing of privacy against freedom of expression the . . . → Read More: Transparently in Trouble

Feeding Frenzy

The IDS of Sussex University has just released a report that addresses the world’s need for food. Yet the headlines say the the world needs GM and new technologies. What is going on?

The report was produced for the UK government’s BIS. It points out that the reasons for hunger today are complex, including political . . . → Read More: Feeding Frenzy