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Financial Times (March 2)

2020/ 03/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Europe as a whole, the UK included, should prepare for two foreseeable material economic shocks this year: a spread in the coronavirus and a WTO Brexit.” This may help create “the perfect storm for an economy dependent on exports and global supply chains.”


The Economist (February 15)

2020/ 02/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Scottish independence has grabbed headlines since Brexit, but it is time to recognise the chances of a different secession from the United Kingdom. Sinn Fein’s success at the election is just the latest reason to think that a united Ireland within a decade or so is a real—and growing—possibility.”


Responsible Investor (February 12)

2020/ 02/ 14 by jd in Global News

“The UK’s government and financial regulators have laid out a series of plans to bolster climate disclosure and become the first country in the world to have mandatory TCFD reporting, despite growing uncertainty over its ability to host a successful COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.”


Reuters (January 29)

2020/ 01/ 31 by jd in Global News

The UK is hurtling “into the Brexit unknown” as “a dis-United Kingdom exits the European Union” on Friday. Alas, more “Brexit fatigue” is likely in store. “Trade talks with every major power—including the EU—loom while there is little clarity on what the United Kingdom’s pitch to global investors will be.”


The Guardian (January 26)

2020/ 01/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Brexit Britain may soon find itself sinking faster than Venice. The UK faces economic upheaval on a vast scale if it is not, after all, to pursue ‘Brexit in name only.’”


BBC (January 15)

2020/ 01/ 17 by jd in Global News

“According to Nasa, Noaa and the UK Met Office, last year was the second warmest in a record dating back to 1850.” Moreover, “the past five years were the hottest in the 170-year series” and “the Met Office says that 2020 is likely to continue this warming trend.”


Reuters (December 16)

2019/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

With Mark Carney on the way out, the next Governor of the Bank of England will need to “believe in magic…. If all goes well, he or she will not only face the developed world’s current issues of stubbornly low inflation rates, easy credit and climate change. If Brexit also goes wrong, the new bank chief will also need some preternatural gifts.”


The Economist (December 7)

2019/ 12/ 09 by jd in Global News

British voters are facing a “nightmare before Christmas.” They “keep being called to the polls—and each time the options before them are worse…. Next week voters face their starkest choice yet, between Boris Johnson, whose Tories promise a hard Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour Party plans to “rewrite the rules of the economy” along radical socialist lines.” Both leaders are unpopular and on Friday, December 13th, “unlucky Britons will wake to find one of these horrors in charge.”


Financial Times (November 24)

2019/ 11/ 25 by jd in Global News

Britain might do better if it tried a page from the Athenians. “If, instead of a general election, Britain held an ostracism vote, there would be plenty of ballots bearing not only the prime minister’s name but those of other party leaders. We would be selecting the most unpopular individual rather than the most popular party—arguably a more precise method of improving the democratic landscape, given the potential for deterring bad leadership. Mr Johnson, take note.”


Time (November 15)

2019/ 11/ 16 by jd in Global News

“This has been one of the darkest weeks in the Hong Kong protest movement…. With the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Brexit paralysis continuing in Britain, and turmoil in the Middle East, the attritional protests in Hong Kong could easily end up neglected and forgotten. But now more than ever, Hongkongers need our solidarity.”


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