Category: Blog

Following the Manchester terrorist attack, the election campaign and the discussion of policy have been suspended. Out of sympathy and respect for the victims and their families, Politeia will suspend its policy blog until next week.
MAY 19, 2017
‘Private Insurance for Social Care! Better than State Supplicancy’, by Sheila Lawlor
Theresa May has gambled in the Conservative manifesto on answering one of the most intractable questions of British politics. How should care for the rising number of dependent elderly be funded? As numbers increase, how can the potential of spiralling cost to wreak havoc with sound fiscal policy, be avoided? Given that for today’s 75-year-olds life expectancy is projected to be 88 years for women and 86 for men, the question in the background is about the social care many will need. Who should pay what, and when should they pay? … Read on

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‘The Reign of Emmanuel I’, by Robert Tombs

Robert Tombs, the Cambridge historian, reflects on the implications for France, the EU and the UK of a Macron presidency.

The ceremony at the Louvre last Sunday night, when Emmanuel Macron marked his victory with a one-man procession through its regal courts, must have struck some watchers (among them, I admit, the present writer) as somewhat embarrassing, and the speech that followed as rather bombastic. But national styles differ, and it went down well with his supporters. More importantly, as the French public realizes, it marks the conscious and unashamed reassertion of the 5th Republic presidency as a ‘republican monarchy’, above politics and even aloof from the electorate: ‘The French are like sheep’ commented the father of the system, Charles de Gaulle… Read on

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‘The Macron Victory – An Accidental Victory’, by Robert Tombs

All Politeia supporters can legitimately breathe a sigh of relief following the results of the first round of the French elections. Some last minute polls had predicted that the two winning candidates would be Marine Le Pen and the former Trotskyite Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This confrontation of extremes would have been a disaster for France, whoever had won. A Le Pen presidency would almost certainly have meant a constitutional and political crisis; that of Mélenchon an economic crisis.

While relief is legitimate, it is worth pausing to consider how narrowly disaster has been avoided, and the malfunctioning of the French political system that this reveals. Eleven candidates stood for the Presidency. A reasonably functioning system should at least manage to present to the electorate a manageable choice of reasonable and coherent alternatives… Read on

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‘Snap!’, by Bernard Jenkin

A general election will help resolve the great constitutional question of the day, says the distinguished parliamentarian, Bernard Jenkin MP.

Since the Prime Minister announced a snap election journalists have spent many hours suggesting her reasons for doing so, such as the need for a personal mandate for Brexit, the natural pause in the Brexit negotiations during the French and German elections, and the Conservative lead in the polls. It is clear…
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