Post Tagged with: "UK"

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Trump speaks at an Arizona rally in March 2016. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Wikimedia

Why don’t we trust our leaders?

In developed democracies today, political leadership is increasingly up for grabs. Voters, clearly tired of the status quo, want change at the top, leaving even major parties’ establishments struggling to install leaders of their choosing. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party MPs have been stymied in their efforts to unseat […]

by × 04 August 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

March to protest against the result of referendum on British membership of the European Union.  Photo by: Sam Greenhalgh. Source: Flickr.

Brexit’s echo chambers

The lead up to the Brexit referendum was marked by widespread confidence that the UK would continue to remain in the EU. Complacency was epidemic, from strong market optimism (which would later suffer a heavy landing) to the unwillingness of businesses and politicians to consider the consequences of a change […]

by × 12 July 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister David Cameron campaign for Britain to stay in the EU.

Settling for second best

One important piece of economics has not been discussed enough in the Brexit debate: the Theory of Second Best Sixty years ago, a little paper somewhat revolutionised economics simply by explaining what seems like common sense: If your first best option is not available, the second best option might be […]

by × 08 June 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

(Credit: Leon Brocard. Source: Flickr)

Immigration may reduce the time you wait to see the doctor

Migrants’ free access to the NHS and the perceived health care costs associated with it have generated much debate in the UK and even resulted in the introduction of a fee for certain non-EU citizens. Some politicians have blamed migration for the increase in waiting times, particularly in A&E. In […]

BSG Students, Deepening Democracy

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Five quick reflections on the UK election

At the Blavatnik School of Government, I’m often referred to as the “token British” student (there’s one other, but he is also Ecuadorian – I’m just plain old British). I’ve also been involved in the election, canvassing in the run up and all day on May 7th. Due to my […]

by × 08 May 2015 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

The Anaemic State

The Anaemic State

As Britain’s Coalition government struggles to suppress state spending, key institutions of state bear the brunt of cuts. At home, the NHS budget is ‘ring-fenced’, but budget challenges remain, whereas the Police cling firm to their priorities despite facing deeper cuts. Pivotal in promoting British interests abroad, two institutions, the […]

by × 24 June 2013 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

The Cabinet Table at Downing Street

The Table

The Blavatnik School today took a field trip to No.10 Downing Street – one highlight of which was a chance to sit at the famous Cabinet table. Downing Street is a short row of Georgian town-houses situated a small cul-de-sac off the main thoroughfare of Whitehall in central London.  As […]

by × 31 May 2013 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Margaret Thatcher, Conviction not Consensus

Margaret Thatcher, Conviction not Consensus

How can you sum up a life like Margaret Thatcher’s in a few hundred words? Today’s papers, much like last night’s television, will be full of the standard history of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership: ‘U-turn if you want to’; special forces storming the Iranian Embassy; Brixton burning; the task-force leaving Portsmouth […]

by × 09 April 2013 ×