The Economist have republished this 2007 piece on Immigration by Philippe Legrain. His thinking back then is very relevant now.

Immigrants – Waves of fear In a controversial new book a British economist asks why so many people are against the free movement of labour Philippe Legrain – The Economist 2007 FOR years now, free trade and free movement of capital have been respectable economic tenets, espoused—if sometimes reluctantly—by most politicians. But no sane politician in the rich world would advocate …

Now the shock of the US election verdict has subsided and reality sets in – I thought it appropriate to re-post Thomas Wright’s article for Politico Magazine which was originality published in January 20, 2016 and was highly controversial. Today I think it will be received in a different light.

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 …

America has voted – Trump is President Elect – but at what cost to international order?

Trump’s New World Disorder by Philippe Legrain – Project Syndicate  LONDON So much for the end of history. Twenty-seven years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall heralded the collapse of communism in Europe, Donald Trump’s election as US president endangers the liberal international order that his wiser, broader-minded predecessors crafted. Trump’s “America First,” anti-“globalist” agenda threatens …

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, …