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Italy´s Five Star Movement has crushed a PM. It shouldn´t be ignored
Prospect Magazine - December 12, 2016
The long, slow fuse on Italy’s time-bomb has been lit. The crushing defeat of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform proposals in the national referendum on 4th December has left the whole country—indeed the whole of Europe—wondering whether...
The real threat to Matteo Renzi is Beppe Grillo and his ilk
Financial Times - November 30, 2016
Everyone wants to list Italy’s constitutional referendum on
December 4th as the next stage in the Great Global Populist
Revolution. But here’s a funny thing: among the campaigners for “no” are not
only the insurgent...
My Ofcom story
- November 21 2016
MY OFCOM STORY -- A TALE OF MISMANAGEMENT AND INCOMPETENCE BY THOSE TO WHOM WE ARE ENTRUSTING REGULATION OF THE BBC.
The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP
Secretary of State
Department of Culture, Media and...
Matteo Renzi has put Italy´s future—and that of the euro—at stake in a referendum
Prospect Magazine - November 18, 2016
A time-bomb is ticking away in the heart of Europe, carrying a label marked “Made in Italy.” It could yet be defused. But if it goes off, it would make Brexit look like a lot of fuss about nothing.The time-bomb has been laid by Italy’s young, reformist...
BBC licence-payers deserve a strong, independent regulator
Financial Times - November 17, 2016
In an Oxford lecture in May about the BBC, Chris Patten
expressed concern at government plans
to hand regulation of Britain’s public-service broadcaster to Ofcom, calling it
the “ever-more powerful communications regulator,...
The Implications of President Trump for US-Russia Relations
La Stampa - November 9, 2016
President Vladimir Putin must be a happy man: in January he
will have America’s version of Silvio
Berlusconi as his counterpart in the White House. He had better keep one thing
in mind, however: Donald Trump is...
What Trump Means for Britain
CapX - November 9, 2016
On the face of it, Donald Trump’s astonishing victory should
be good news for Britain, post-Brexit. The UK will no longer be “at the end of
the queue” for trade deals with the US, as President Obama warned, since all
Nikkei Business - October 23, 2016
On October 1st, the only government economic
policy measure this year that is likely to boost the Japanese economy came into
effect. It is positive, but was nevertheless too timid to truly be a game-changer.