Germany’s New Landscape, Guardian Blues, Gamblers, UK Labour’s Head Up Ass, The Unbounded War

 What I’m listening to. 

RICHARD STRAUSS - Concerto for oboe Amd Small Orchestra in D major

The Leave side has an opportunity to make the case that migration is absolutely essential to the future of the United Kingdom provided it is done along the lines of countries like Canada or Australia with clear rules and categories of immigrants.

There is much evidence that best in class outcomes in immigration policy are a consequence not of ‘the free movement of peoples’ but firm borders that select and accept people the most likely to integrate successfully namely people that are young, educated, in good health, and have some facility in the national languages.

These are the countries that consistently can also provide a home to large numbers of newcomers some of which can include the older and vulnerable.

However generous Canada is - the country has one the highest per capita number of new citizens every year - there is no appetite for the type of open border that the UK has by virtue of its membership in the EU.

The Leave leaders need to speak of a ‘romantic and hopeful future’ with a practical roadmap instead of the just the dark dangers of staying.

If they don’t they’ll lose, and rightly so.

Merkel’s mistake: public policy made on emotion will usually backfire.

Financial Times - Refugee crisis shakes political allegiances of ‘Russia-Germans’

Move to Alternative for Germany party adds to complexity of nation’s fragmenting political landscape

Quote - “I’m not against immigration,” says Mr Fabrizius, who arrived in Germany only in 2002. “But immigrants must conform with our rules, not the other way around.” 

The Guardian’s paywall challenge.

Financial Times - The Guardian: Dark days for a liberal beacon

Alan Rusbridger retired as editor on a high — but costs cast a shadow over his return to its owner

Taxing the poor: addicted to gambling, the state that is.

The Times - Osborne ‘puts tax before gambling victims’

George Osborne has been accused of blocking a review into betting machines known as “the crack cocaine of gambling” because of the tax revenue they generate.


The Telegraph - Naz Shah, Labour anti-Semitism... and a piece of spin that will make your jaw drop

Beat this for a piece of spin. Today the Labour party was in trouble over remarks one of its MPs, Naz Shah, made online in 2014 about Israel and Jews. Journalists asked a spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn whether Mrs Shah was anti-Semitic.

Life imitating art: Obama’s Oceania.

New York Times - Obama’s Last Chance to End the ‘Forever War’

The United States is fighting an unauthorized war. 


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Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.