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Blogs by David Cowan

  • Brexit Needs ‘Big Loaf’ Economics

    Brexit Needs ‘Big Loaf’ Economics

    | Agriculture
    Free trade has always championed people who are ‘just about managing’. In the nineteenth century, free-traders reduced food tariffs in order to provide a ‘big loaf’, namely cheaper bread, for working class consumers, while protectionist policies raised food prices. Today’s Brexit debate sees a similar split between free-traders and protectionists.On ...
  • Market-Led Solutions Can Help Raise Productivity

    Market-Led Solutions Can Help Raise Productivity

    | Productivity
    After last week’s Budget, we now have a clearer picture of what May and Hammond’s economic policy will look like over the next few years. Their mission is to produce a high wage, high skill economy which benefits all of the UK’s regions.Since the Financial Crisis, wage growth has stalled ...
  • Should the UK introduce a Border Tax?

    Should the UK introduce a Border Tax?

    | Fiscal Policy
    It has been widely recognised that we are living in an age defined by an ideological conflict between globalisation and nationalism. Theresa May quickly grasped the new reality after the Brexit result and has tried to follow a ‘third way’ between the two.May has also correctly identified problems which afflict ...
  • Getting It Right on Social Care

    Getting It Right on Social Care

    | Healthcare
    Next week Philip Hammond will be presenting his first Budget and he has a number of fires to put out. Over the past couple of months, one of the most pressing concerns has been the crisis in social care funding, largely caused by spending cuts to local government.Hammond is expected ...
  • Will endorsing Trump undo Paul Ryan's vision for the GOP?

    Will endorsing Trump undo Paul Ryan's vision for the GOP?

    | US Politics
    The long road to November continues and GOP party leaders are beginning to come to terms with Trump as the presumptive nominee. Unity talks have been underway for a possible reconciliation between Trump and Paul Ryan, yet an endorsement has not been forthcoming.But endorsing, rather than rejecting Trump may be ...
  • Trump: a reality check for American Conservatism

    Trump: a reality check for American Conservatism

    | US Politics
    As the outcome of the GOP nominee race remains uncertain with growing speculation of a brokered convention, American conservatism is at a crossroads. In much the same way that Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader was a repudiation of the Blairite-Brownite years, a Trump victory will be a reality check ...
  • Is Trump Really the Republicans’ Last Best Hope?

    Is Trump Really the Republicans’ Last Best Hope?

    | US Politics
    Super Tuesday marks the beginning of the end. Donald Trump has leads in almost every state going to the polls today. With these victories under his belt, Trump will have enough momentum to deliver further victories in this month’s most important contests. By end of March the Republican party will ...
  • Trump’s Blue Collar Takeover of the GOP

    Trump’s Blue Collar Takeover of the GOP

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    On the eve of the presidential primaries which will test the mettle of the Republican candidates, Trumpism is on the verge of transforming the Republican Party for a generation.For many conservative advocates of limited government, both in America and Britain, the rise of Donald Trump has been baffling. What was ...