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Covid has accelerated UK structural change: how should we respond?

For the past fifty years the stock answer of politicians under pressure when jobs are threatened, has been to talk of ‘retraining’. Usually ‘retaining for new skills in new technologies’, or something similar. The UK conference season in early Autumn this year saw  both Government and Opposition floating offers of ‘retaining’ to address the undoubted […]

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MFF veto – a very timely crisis

The saga of the next EU seven year budget (MFF) and recovery fund (NGEU) goes on. As explained here last week, the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council (the member states) could requires unanimity so could be vetoed – and today it was – by Hungary and Poland. This is already being explained […]

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EU MFF edges toward conclusion

The long running sage of the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework has concluded, as forecast on this site, before the UK’s payments into the EU Budget come to an end next month. The negotiations between Parliament and the Council took longer than ideal, meaning that ratification the MFF and the NGEU recovery package by member […]

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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 […]