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    Open Up or Shut Up? David Cameron’s three transparency problems

Open Up or Shut Up? David Cameron’s three transparency problems

Politicians who guarantee greater transparency frequently find their promises coming back to haunt them. Ben Worthy writes that although the Prime Minister has done nothing against the law, his high profile bid to tackle tax evasion and castigation of tax dodgers in the past left him open to charges of hypocrisy when his own tax affairs came under the spotlight last week.

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    Project Fear is the legacy of decades of Euroscepticism. Dare Cameron make a positive case for the EU?

Project Fear is the legacy of decades of Euroscepticism. Dare Cameron make a positive case for the EU?

It is 14 years since Tony Blair extolled the merits of the EU in his landmark Cardiff speech. Since then, writes Oliver Daddow, Euroscepticism has gradually come to dominate the political agenda, and the best David Cameron hopes for is a reluctant agreement to Remain from the media. Unless he dares to make the multilateral case for staying in […]

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    When should Cameron resign? Lessons from Wilson, Thatcher, and Blair

When should Cameron resign? Lessons from Wilson, Thatcher, and Blair

The Prime Minister recently vowed to remain in office if he lost the referendum on the UK’s EU membership. His comments came less than a year after he told the BBC his plan was to step down before the 2020 election. So when, if ever, should prime ministers resign and what impact does such a choice have? Kingsley Purdam, […]

How do we decide what is in the national interest?

David Cameron recently described Jeremy Corbyn’s support for nuclear disarmament as a threat to national security. During his premiership, Gordon Brown argued for sweeping reforms to tackle global challenges such as climate change, poverty and the failing banking system, all in the name of ‘the national interest’. But how should we evaluate such political rhetoric? Adam Humphreys highlights the distinction between reformist and conservative reasoning in deciding what […]

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    Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

Merkel has not issued an ultimatum to the UK over free movement, but there is growing German frustration at David Cameron’s approach to the EU

An article in the German news magazine Der Spiegel generated headlines in the UK press over the weekend when it appeared to suggest Germany would rather let Britain leave the EU than accept changes to EU free movement rules. Imke Henkel writes that while the reaction in the UK to the comments has been somewhat overblown, there is nevertheless growing […]

UK-India relations: The courtier and the courted

Chris Ogden explores the relationship between the UK and India and argues that, going forward, both nations must focus on current shared interests rather than harking back to negative legacies of coloniser and colonised. He also highlights that as India becomes increasingly powerful on the world stage, the UK must position itself carefully to ensure future recognition and favour.

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A reshuffle for women? Welcome, but underwhelming

Has David Cameron succeeded in making his cabinet more diverse and representative of the population? Claire Annesley and Francesca Gains argue that the prime minister still has much more to do to if he is to improve the representation of women. They suggest that Cameron should make sure more women are selected for winnable Conservative seats and reinstate and resource a dedicated women […]

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    David Cameron’s reshuffle – good butchery, or a botched job?

David Cameron’s reshuffle – good butchery, or a botched job?

Will David Cameron’s reshuffle pay off with the electorate? While we can interpret the changes as an electoral gambit, Mark Garnett argues that there might be a deeper purpose. Alongside the prime minister’s old reluctance to alienate old friends, this reshuffle suggests a keen (if not desperate) desire to cultivate some new ones.
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