Author: Robert Stephenson

An Anti-Devolution Revolution

The nine English regions, artificial creations of the European Union, were abolished for administrative purposes in 2011 and with them, thankfully, the idea of devolved regional governments in England died too. However, the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greater London remain. Although they do not represent artificial regions, they are nevertheless an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer and undermine the very existence of the United Kingdom. The West Lothian question, a constitutional anomaly caused by devolution, is most often raised in relation to Scottish MPs in Westminster, but it also applies to Welsh and Northern Irish…

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A Special Relationship?

Britain and the United States are said to enjoy exceptionally close relations and the maintenance of this alleged relationship has been a cornerstone of British foreign policy since the 1940s. The so-called ‘special relationship’ is treated by British politicians as if it were reciprocal in nature. It is true that relations between the two countries have been close over the last seventy years but the relationship is not based on mutual respect and reciprocity. The United States can be exploitative and has often treated Britain with disdain. While we have seen peace and cooperation, the attitude of the United…

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Review of ‘The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State’ – Part II

The authors seem to think they have a message of hope that demonstrates that this fourth revolution in the composition of the Western nation state is just around the corner. They point to the Nordic model paying close attention to Sweden since the 1990s. In 1993 Sweden was perhaps the country most advanced on the road to ruin by rampant welfarism where the state spent a whopping 67 percent of GDP. By 2013 this had been reduced to 49 percent, which is still a very high figure but nevertheless represents a partial rollback of the welfare state and so…

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Review of ‘The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State’ – Part I

The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge is an attempt to explain the current economic and political impasse governments of the Western world now find themselves in. By taking examples of state action from around the world the authors attempt to chart an alternative path Western governments might yet follow. The title refers to the three and a half revolutions the nations states of the West have seen and the envisioned fourth revolution. The first revolution was the rise of the nation state itself during the seventeenth century. The second…

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The Donald Trump phenomenon

Last summer when Donald Trump announced his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination, he was not taken seriously by the mainstream media. They reacted hysterically to his remarks about Mexican immigrants, reporting that he described Mexicans living in the United States as ‘rapists’. They heaped ridicule on Trump’s support for the construction of a wall on the American-Mexican border because apparently people can simply climb over walls using ladders. Criticism of Trump is now becoming increasingly absurd and pathetic as the election approaches. According to one commentator his rhetoric is having a detrimental impact on children, resulting…

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