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Tax reform is essential, so make it a virtue

An incoming Labour Government will face fiscal challenges unknown for generations. While the instinct to run a mile from wholesale tax reform there is little doubt that it is long overdue and in the long term unavoidable. John Howarth argues that Labour must learn to think like a taxpayer. Among Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, who are […]

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EU 7 year Budget will get the nod – soon

PWB Co-Director John Howarth sets out our analysis the EUs 2021-27 budget and recovery package and concludes it will receive political approval sooner rather than later. This week the European Parliament begins to consider the outcome of the European heads on government summit held in mid-July which found agreement on the coming seven-year budget – […]

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A Real and Present Danger to Democracy

By John Howarth, PWB Co-Director The recent lecture by Sir Richard J Evans presented to Gresham College in London entitled “Is populism a threat to democracy?” raises some interesting issues. Professor Evans’ central arguments are correct but, in my opinion, misses essential nuances about populism and fascism in the modern world. Professor Evans is an […]

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Transformative technology, markets and society

This Blog is re-posted from John Howarth’s MEP website and based on his contribution to “An Industry Vision for a Renewed Europe”, a debate organised at the European Parliament by the European Forum for Manufacturing on 6 March 2019. We are told, and it happens to be true, that we stand at a time of vast […]