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The 2050 from Brussels-Schuman

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 30 March 2011

The EU Transport White Paper sets out transport aspirations our political system is entirely incapable of delivering. Norman Baker, the Lib Dem transport minister, gave a response to the new White Paper that was classic Bore at the Golf Club Bar. He said, and I paraphrase, “EU, eh? Brussels, eh? Banning cars? Crazy or what?…

Are protest networks democratic?

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 04 January 2011

Image by chrisjohnbeckett via Flickr Quick post – longer one disappeared into the ether – about protest networks. On Left Foot Forward, Aaron Peters is broadly sympathetic to the claims of UKUncut and other similar “open-source” protest movements, that they have come up with a new organisational model which works better for mass involvement than…

Intergovernmentalism, the democracy of the powerful

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 13 December 2010

Here’s a line from Friday’s FT: Germany and France regularly use bilateral gatherings as a way to set the EU’s agenda at upcoming summits, and Ms Merkel’s comments [on the importance of fiscal harmonisation] could be a sign Paris and Berlin will push for new European measures to deal with crisis at next week’s gathering of…

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 14 June 2010

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the…

Lunchtime list for June 9th

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 09 June 2010

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Heffer on the EU: Nostradamus he ain’t – One of our own pieces on a hysterical prediction of the future by Simon Heffer, written in 2003. Find out about the gangs of armed EU police who will be roaming the streets attacking…

The Talk Issues Thinktank Roundup

Liam Murray 30 May 2010

Welcome to this week’s Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly in the week of the Queen’s speech various thinktanks responds to their fears & hopes from the government legislative programme for the next 18 months. Reports, Publications…

Education, Education and (Higher) Education

Lauren Ivory 24 April 2010

Education is a massive issue. It’s widely believed that locked within it is the success of the future of the country and the economy, not to mention greater equality, fulfilment, welfare and social mobility. A young Mr Blair once listed “Education, Education, Education” as his top issues in government. Is it as high on the…

Domestic Issues raised in the first Leaders’ Debate

Lauren Ivory 16 April 2010

There is no doubt that last night political history was made with the first live television debate between the leaders of the three main parties. Questions were put to them on domestic issues covering education, health, crime and the recovery from an audience hand picked to reflect British society. So was the debate focused on…

Who will help NEETs and how?

Arun Marsh 13 April 2010

Each quarter the DCSF publishes statistics on the amount of young people (16-24 year olds) not in education, employment or training, known in the media NEETs. Obviously reducing the percentage of young people in this bracket is an honourable aim (it is the most popular national indicator chosen by councils to attain) and one sought…

Debt: turning the tanker…

Mick Fealty 06 April 2010

I liked the last subheading in the leader of this week’s Economist: How to become thriftier without anybody minding. Anatole Kaletsky noted in a particularly flinty column in The Times last week aimed at the alternating timidity and bravado of the Tories on the enduring problem of debt: If public debt must be reduced without…