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“As Britain’s malaise grows, so do worries for US” warns Ambassador Nick Burns

Nicholas Burns speakerAmbassador Nick Burns, a professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe outlining Britain’s malaise as its global role weakens, and the worry this is stirring in the US.

Nick writes that the deterioration of Britain’s once world-class military and its will to lead “may well propel the disengagement and gradual decline of a country that has played a central role in global affairs since the 18th century…this matters for Britain’s friends, especially the United States.”

However, Nick argues that “Britain is not done yet as a capable and consequential global force. It still wields political influence through its permanent seat on the UN Security Council, its central place in NATO and the European Union, and its capable diplomatic corps. It is the most important country in connecting the United States to Europe and in helping to bridge inevitable differences between the West and increasingly assertive Russian and Chinese leaders. Its central place in the British Commonwealth gives it political reach.”

But can Britain maintain this unique global role? Click here to read the full article.

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Dr Gerard Lyons on the prospects of the UK economy

In an recent article for The Telegraph, Dr Gerard Lyons, chief economic adviser to Boris Johnson, explained that the message for Britain from the G20 is to prepare for stronger global growth.

Gerard argues that despite uncertainty, he remains positive about what lies ahead for the UK economy. He points out the reason for this uneasiness is that the global economy has faced three paradoxes in recent years:

  1. The policy paradox – where the policies many countries want to pursue in the long term are not those they have been able to implement in the near term.
  2. The regulatory paradox – in the wake of the crisis, economies tightened regulations, particularly in the financial sector.
  3. The balanced economy paradox – the policies each economy may want to pursue in isolation to get back into shape are not necessarily the policies you want all countries to follow at same time, lest demand weakens.

He goes on to say that as confusing this global picture may be, three messages of reason stand out for the UK.

Click here to read what these are.

Stephen Bayley: “My class journey..”

Author, columnist and broadcaster, Stephen Bayley is one of Britain’s leading designers and cultural critics. He recently wrote an interesting article for the Telegraph entitled “My class journey” in which he considers “if I really know my place.”

Following the Great British Class Survey published earlier this year which described the country’s seven classes, Stephen looks back to his childhood and background in order to discover what ‘class’ really means for us as people. Saying “It’s important to separate class and status” he stresses that whilst status can be bought or earned, class cannot, which is why it is impossible to categorise.

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Michael Portillo on Britain and the EU

Michael Portillo on Britain and the EU

Former Conservative Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo makes some interesting observations about Britain’s relationship with the EU in The Times this morning: “Nigel Lawson says that he would vote in a referendum for Britain to leave the European Union. So would I.”

Believing “the UK is unhappy in the EU”, Michael discusses the “disaster” of the Euro, a lack of democracy and Britain’s vision in comparison to that of many other European countries. Michael gives his thoughts on senior ministers: “they whinge about Europe but don’t have the self-confidence to pull out” and on the British public: “fooled into believing they were joining a European club.. our unhappiness mounts.”

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