Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

The British Referendum Will Define Europe

Posted on January 14th, 2016

How Europe handles the British negotiation and, subsequently, the outcome of the UK In-Out referendum will define the future shape and direction of the EU and will determine the success or relative failure of the European project. Versions of this article were published in the Huffington Post (English), Die Achse des Guten (German), Het Financieele […] ...Read more »

An illiberal tide is sweeping across Europe

Posted on December 29th, 2015

We have all become complacent that liberal democracy in Europe was firmly embedded and irreversible. Yet an illiberal tide is sweeping across the continent that mainstream parties seem unable to counter. This article was first published in Liberal Democrat Voice, the Huffington Post, Die Achse des Guten (German) and the Times of Malta The World War […] ...Read more »

Health care will always be rationed

Posted on December 14th, 2015

That health care is rationed is no news. The relevant question is on what basis the rationing is done. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post. It’s a triumph of outstanding journalism. A couple of days ago the Guardian published the results of a survey it commissioned which found that the UK National Health Service was […] ...Read more »

The myth of Tory economic competence

Posted on November 23rd, 2015

The Liberal Democrats brought not only moderation but economic competence. Since taking sole charge of the Treasury, George Osborne’s approval ratings have plunged from positive territory to minus seventeen This article was first published in the Huffington Post. George Osborne has confused accounting with economics. In his obsession with making the numbers add up to […] ...Read more »

Volkswagen scandal a failure of leadership not management

Posted on October 1st, 2015

The VW scandal is a failure of leadership not a failure of management. Such failure spreads beyond any single company and suggests that something is rotten in the state of business. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post and in the Times of Malta The Volkswagen scandal of widespread deception of regulators and of its […] ...Read more »

Is the refugee crisis soluble?

Posted on September 30th, 2015

The refugee crisis risks sending Europe into a tailspin and threatening some of the founding principles of the European Union. A broader, more far-reaching set of solutions are called for. This article was first published in the Huffington Post and in Die Achse des Guten. In February last year I wrote an article titled “Is […] ...Read more »