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The case for neoliberalism

By Morgan Schondelmeier, head of development, Adam Smith Institute

MorganHeadshot.jpgA few years ago, the Adam Smith Institute – an economic policy think tank in Westminster – decided to adopt the moniker ‘Neoliberal’. Derided by some as emblematic of a corrupt, greedy, and destructive world order, ‘neoliberal’ has for many years been a term of disdain used by the left to describe those with whom they disagree. By reclaiming the term, proponents of neoliberalism feel able to change the narrative back to the principles which define our views; freedom, liberty, security, and compassion.

Fact over fiction: digital campaigning in a post Cambridge Analytica world

By Alex Pearmain, co-founder, One Fifty Consultancy

Alex-small-and-cropped“Covfefe”. Even typos can structure a news cycle, when you’re a tweeting president. Such is the impact of digital tools on our political discourse, strategy and tactics, that the 2019 general election looks set to be the first principally digitally driven UK campaign.

This is against a backdrop of allegations of foreign interference, illegality and general mania about anything involving the word ‘data’. But how did we get here, and what can it point to about how we shape a better political future?

How should the value of a business be measured?

By Guy Corbet, Fourteen Forty

Individual and group staff portraits at Fourteen Forty in Whitehall Gardens and in their offices at 8 Northumberland Avenue, 18th November 2017

Photography by Fergus Burnett

Accreditation required with all use - 'fergusburnett.comJust when you think there isn’t room in the world for another business index, the very smart people at communications agency Portland have created the Total Value Index. 

It compares the contribution that individual British businesses (and sectors) make to our world, based on their simple proposition that “value = profit + purpose”.

The Grenfell inquiry illustrates the need for an Apology Act

Is it possible that Dany Cotton, the head of the London Fire Brigade, is so conceited and heartless that she really would do nothing differently if Grenfell played out again?

I don’t know, but I doubt it.  It’s hard to believe that anyone could willingly be so crass.

Corbyn for Christmas?

Assuming the bill passes the Lords today, we’re set for a 12 December “people v parliament” election.  Here’s a quick summary of a few of the current talking points.

Only 43 sleeps until Christmas (election)

After months of building expectations, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally got the snap election he wanted to break the Brexit deadlock.  Britain goes to the polls on 12 December, the first December election in nearly 100 years.  The election bill is expected to undergo all stages in the House of Lords today.  Assuming no peers try and derail it, the date will be confirmed this evening.

The Supreme Court vs the Government

The Supreme Court has ruled that the prime minister, Boris Johnson, acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament.

The ruling 

The 11 Supreme Court justices were unanimous in their ruling this morning.  Lady Hale, the president of the Supreme Court, said therefore that Parliament has effectively not been prorogued.

Boris’ first week

Boris has come in on a bold Brexit agenda

Winning with a significant majority of Conservative Party members, Boris is gearing up his party and the country up for a no-deal Brexit. The government is on a campaign footing and Tory HQ is being strengthened. All of which suggests Boris and the new cabinet are preparing for a potential general election in the Autumn.

Weak Links #4: democracy, harassment, old age, authenticity

“Weak Links?”

In 1973 Stanford Professor Mark Granovetter’s “the strength of weak ties” argued that weak links, between people with different opinions, help new and unfamiliar ideas spread.

Why democracy: taking political rights seriously

By Rebecca Lowe, former director, Freer

Rebecca-Lowe-267x267It was Cleisthenes who divided Athens into voting districts, and Alexander Hamilton who wrote 51 of the Federalist Papers.

It was Jean-Paul Marat who died in the bath, and Charles I who lost his head.

How good is Linda Hamilton for your health?

By Marc Sidwell, former head of personal finance, The Daily Telegraph

MSThe evidence is mounting that you can think yourself old. The good news is that it also works the other way around. In the 1980s, Ellen Langer of Harvard ran an eccentric study on a group of pensioners.

Langer rented a New Hampshire monastery and prepared it by removing all mirrors and installing photos of her subjects when they were young, along with decor, music and other cultural ephemera from the late 1950s.