What industrial strategy?

The government eventually told us after the last Steel crisis that they would be formulating an industrial strategy for Britain. This was published in late 2017, and despite arguing that, ‘It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future.’ – it currently remains unclear what it is, except that it seems… Read more

Ireland First?

  Getting the Brexiteers to take the Irish border seriously has been an uphill struggle. For a Dubliner it was obvious that this would be one of the most, if not the most difficult issue, post Brexit. In a heated Halley-Tontine Society in Dublin (October 2016) it was agreed that the most likely solution despite… Read more

Liam Fox’s trade deals

Liam Fox is supposed to be “scoping about a dozen free trade deals outside the EU to be ready for when we leave” and I think we are all having difficulty in imagining where they might be. Well, imagine no longer, Progressive Pulse can now reveal the places at the very top of that list:… Read more

Welcome to the future?

How interesting to see the photograph of the empty bread shelves in Asda during the recent cold weather. From some personal experience this was – remarkably – no different at Tesco who have the most sophisticated UK ordering system – indeed it may well be the best anywhere. The enormous Walmart, owners of Asda, who… Read more

May’s Speech: Destination Canada?

During the Brexit referendum campaign my thinking was probably most informed by Jean-Claude Piris’s excellent paper “Brexit or Britin: is it really colder outside?” and I came to the conclusion that the Norway model was the most likely destination, not least because it was seemed to be the favoured endpoint of some leading Brexiteers such… Read more