As Labour’s party conference ends, Politeia’s Director, Sheila Lawlor, suggests that the gamble on being a party of protest has damaged parliamentary government. Unless the party changes course, Labour's days could be numbered.
Labour’s party conference ended this week as it began. Jeremy Corbyn, the incumbent leader, had been re-elected to lead one of the greatest parliamentary parties of modern times. But the debate at the Liverpool conference indicates that, despite the emphasis on unity, the party is light years from returning to the centre of Britain’s political stage. For that to happen, not only must Corbyn and his faction accept their duty to lead the party back to power, but so too must the other main players, the parliamentary party (PLP) and the trade union bosses. That does not mean platitudinous promises to unify or go for the Tories. It means recognising that, for the majority of British voters, the tone, style and politics of Labour have become irrelevant, and that this must change, quickly. Unless it does, Labour’s days will be numbered.
An Oxford First!
Friday 23rd September: This week’s World University Rankings put UK universities at the top of the list. But, as Jonathan Clark explains, all may not be as well as it seems. Professor Clark writes:
Oxford University has just come top of the World University Rankings, as conducted by the Times Higher Education Supplement, a first for any UK university; Cambridge is ranked fourth, Imperial College eighth. This should be a matter of celebration: the UK is certainly a superpower in university terms, and has many excellent institutions. But is everything as it seems? Is all well? What is the overall picture? What will happen next?
Consumers v Producers in the New Brexit Economy
Britain should prepare to leave the Single Market to enforce Brexit, says Patrick Minford in Politeia’s next publication, Trading Places: Consumers v Producers in the New Brexit Economy. The goal should be access tothe Single Market under WTO rules in the same way as other successful economies – e.g. the US, Canada and Australia access it. Exiting the Single Market would bring huge savings by lifting the burdens of EU tariffs and regulations and ending subsidies to unskilled European migrant labour.
Thursday 27th October, 2.30pm - 5.30pm
East India Club, 16 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LH
For many western countries questions of national identity have moved centre stage in the policy debate. In some instances the debate has focused on whether the state should oblige people to subscribe to an official identity. For all, there are major questions about the best course for education and schools.
On Thursday afternoon 27th October 2016, Politeia and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, will jointly be holding a conference on The State, Education Policy and National Identity: Accountable and Successful Systems for Western Countries.
Leaving the EU - Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain
In How to Leave the EU - Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain, Martin Howe QC, proposes when and how Article 50 should be invoked to give the EU notice of departure.
The author, a distinguished EU lawyer, explains that the focus should be on the UK’s trade deals globally, with third countries outside the EU. The aim should be to take over free trade deals with such countries to which we are already party, simply replacing the EU with the UK as co-signatory without further elaborate renegotiations. For other new global trade deals, independence from the EU and its remaining 27 Member States, will facilitate the forging of fast and rapid deals.