Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University – on why Britain’s history explains it’s present Brexit dilemma.

Tragic legacy of Britain’s indecision over identity October 26, 2016 –by: Harold James The FT Laurence Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet starts with a non-Shakespearean interpolation by the director, presenting “the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind”. Brexit is the tragedy of a Britain that could not make up its mind about Europe, under leaders — whether …

John Mattone Role Model

ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL?

We all strive to be the best we can be – but how can we actually be an inspiration to others? Our Leadership expert John Mattone tells us how… Are you a Role Model? –  John Mattone At its simplest, a role model is a person others look up to as someone they want to be like. It’s someone who …

Brexit impact Ireland Mushroom industry example

The “wait and see” attitude on the economic impact of Brexit on Ireland has finally come home to roost – Dan O’Brien explains why ….

Five of Ireland’s 60 mushroom farms have so far gone out of business since the [Brexit] referendum, including two this week”. So reported Reuters last Friday. The mushroom industry, which employs 3,500 people in Ireland, sells four fifths of its produce to our nearest neighbour. It is, in many ways, the Irish canary in the Brexit coalmine. With Sterling collapsing, …

The 2016 US Elections are one of the most controversial ever … Thomas Wright our Trump Expert explains his foreign policy …

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2016 US presidential election is the most consequential election for international order since the Second World War. America’s status as a liberal superpower is on the ballot. To understand Donald Trump’s foreign policy, we must distinguish between his three core beliefs that he has held for many decades and rarely if ever waivered from, the central themes …

Harvard Historian Niall Ferguson shares his insights on the US elections and it’s candidates ….

Simplifiers v. Complicators Opinion – Boston Globe – Niall Ferguson October 03, 2016 In a memorable phrase, the great historian Jacob Burckhardt warned against “terribles simplificateurs.” But there are also such things as terrible complicators. Last Monday night we saw the first of three showdowns between a terrible complicator — Hillary Clinton — and a terrible simplifier — Donald Trump. The first question …

Brilliant economist and speaker Liam Halligan shares his insights on what three possible Brexit outcomes are possible in the future.

 ‘Hard Brexit’ is the best way to fight global protectionism” – Liam Halligan, The Telegraph, 1st October, 2016 International commerce is stalling. The growth in worldwide exports of goods and services is this year set to fall below the expansion of global GDP for the first time in 15 years. That’s because myopic politicians, ignoring the lessons of history,are succumbing …

According to our world renowned financial historian Niall Ferguson – “Déclassé is a must-read essay by Harold James. This is how to use history to illuminate the present.”

Déclassé: Nothing New Under the Sun HAROLD JAMES Can we learn anything from past rounds of technological disruption and mass downward socio-economic mobility? The strange political dynamic of 2016 in advanced Western democracies has suddenly put what most take to be a new issue on the table: how to deal with the political consequences of social change that expresses itself …