Posts Tagged “the economist”

The PM and the EU: Cameron’s zen art of compromise maintenance

by Stephen Tall on February 9, 2013

Credit where it’s due. If David Cameron had returned to Britain empty-handed or walked out of the EU budget talks in a fit of pique he’d have been pilloried. Plenty of his opponents were hoping he’d do just that. As it is, he’s able to boast (not without justification) that he’s successfully negotiated a 3% […]

Who gets what from the EU Budget

by Stephen Tall on November 26, 2012

A very handy graph from The Economist, showing how well/badly the EU’s nation states do out of the budget process — and also showing the impact of the rebates received by Britain and others: Enjoy reading this? Please like and (…)

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Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013 – The Economist‘s annual list of the top quality-of-life countries: ‘Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions […]

The Economist: ‘Grassroots Lib Dems are much keener on coalition than Tories’

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2012

The Economist’s political commentator ‘Bagehot’ this week surveys the attitudes of Lib Dems towards the Coalition at the mid-term point — I particularly like its opening: THE Somerset village of Chew Magna, with its sleepy pub and Georgian houses, seems an odd setting for prognostications about Britain’s political future. But prognosticate the local Liberal Democrats […]

Your essential weekend reader — 8 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Three big things I’ve got wrong since I’ve starting blogging and commenting – ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie confesses to a trio of big errors on the NHS, higher-rate tax and equalities: “One of the many reasons I don’t want to be an […]

Your Saturday morning reader — 8 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… No, you’re not entitled to your opinion – Patrick Stokes at The Conversation argues that proper debate relies on contested claims based on relevant expertise: just holding to your own view ain’t enough. Is The Economist left or right? – its […]

It appears I am The Economist

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2012

Via Popbitch (ahem), I stumbled across this post, Is The Economist left or right?, in which the newspaper’s digital editor Tom Standage answers the question thusly: The Economist is not inherently left-wing or right-wing; its political philosophy is rooted in (…)

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Social media: is it curbing teenage rebels and road use? Bear with me on this one…

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

We all know social media is changing the way we view the world yadda yadda. But a couple of articles recently have led me to wonder quite how much and in what unexpected ways. The BBC’s Mark Easton poses a (…)

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On THAT insulting Economist front cover which disgracefully pokes fun at a proud country for its financial frailty

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2012

I mean how DARE they? How very dare they: The Economist, 27 Jan 2011 Elsewhere, the magazine-which-calls-itself-a-newspaper has analysed the prospects of Scotland if it decides to declare UDI from the United Kingdom. It has produced a terrifically balanced assessment (…)

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“A shitty time to be a liberal”: The Economist’s must-read piece on the Clegg paradox (and 2 reasons why it’s wrong)

by Stephen Tall on February 19, 2012

There’s a must-read column by The Economist’s Bagehot this week focusing on the Lib Dems’ dilemmas, titled The Clegg paradox. It’s a serious and weighty analysis, which asks some uncomfortable questions of the party’s strategy. Here’s it’s conclusion: At a recent meeting of the Lib Dem parliamentary party, Tim Farron, an ambitious left-winger and party […]