Budget 2014: A curse on all your vanities

Chris Nicholas

For George Osborne, economics is always an extension of politics by other means. The budget on Wednesday was predictably entirely about next year’s election and, given his limited room to manoeuvre, adept. With Labour still failing to provide a credible economic alternative, the odds of a Conservative return to power are increasing. According to the…


England expects: Localising skills provision

Dominic Rustecki, Richard Carr

We ended last week’s essay with a nod to the English deal’s potential to chime with the responsible capitalism agenda. We touched upon the themes of partnership, Business Improvement Districts, social value and sustainability. But responsible capitalists have a meaningful role to play in developing skills and crafts across our country too. Expanding our skills…


Is socialism back?

Patrick Diamond

Asking whether socialism is back immediately invites us to consider what socialism actually is. Since the early 20th century, it might be argued that the Labour party has adhered to three distinctive conceptions of ‘socialism’. The first conceives socialism as about nationalisation and public ownership. This doctrine is embodied in the original clause IV of…