How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

Read Article This article appeared on Times Red Box Parties have to write manifestos, promote them, and defend them – and then, should they win, deliver them. Having worked on a number of manifestos as a departmental adviser in Whitehall, I strongly suggest that...
A Four-Way Marginal?

A Four-Way Marginal?

Entering the final week before the first round of the French presidential contest, focus is firmly on the recent bunching of the candidates in the polls — to the extent that the race is now being fairly described as a ‘four-way marginal’.    The far-left candidate,...
Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Currency Wars aren’t the problem – protectionism is

Since the financial crisis almost ten years ago, there have been several examples of significant currency depreciations among large developed economies. Such large currency moves invariably took place against a background of weak global growth. Inevitably accusations...
Why Donald Trump launched his air strike on Assad in Syria

Why Donald Trump launched his air strike on Assad in Syria

Read Article This article was featured in the New Statesman Barack Obama made a virtue of his decision not to follow the “Washington playbook” on Syria. His successor had an opportunity to distinguish himself. Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria has clung on to power...
Let’s be franc: France and the euro

Let’s be franc: France and the euro

As the French Presidential election approaches, the contenders’ policy proposals are coming under close scrutiny. The latest opinion polls suggest that Marine Le Pen of the Front National will face a run-off in the second round against Emmanuel Macron — which she will...