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Sharing the burden

Sharing the burden Written by Alex Massie 15 October 2020 Good politics and fine policy do not always go together, and for good reason. Politics is often a matter of short-term advantage; a series of improvisations motivated by not much more than expediency. Policy runs on a different timescale and a different track; seeds planted …

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Green energy is capitalism’s low-hanging fruit

Green energy is capitalism’s low-hanging fruit Written by Alex Massie8 October 2020 Viewers in Scotland can be forgiven for recalling that they have heard Boris Johnson’s pledge to make the United Kingdom “the Saudi Arabia” of green energy before. This, they will remember, was how Alex Salmond liked to describe Scotland’s energy potential, if only …

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Tech ‘moonshots’ will create national failures as well as champions

Tech ‘moonshots’ will create national failures as well as champions Written by Alex Massie 17 September 2020 Earlier this month, the $40bn sale of ARM, the Cambridge-based technology firm, to the American company Nvidia was confirmed amidst some concern and some controversy. Yet again, it was claimed, a world-leading British firm was being snapped up …

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Germany’s European opportunity

Germany’s European opportunity Written by Alex Massie3 September 2020 Earlier this summer, as the true depth and scale of the coronavirus emergency became clear, Germany assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This was a coincidence of timing, but a fortuitous one nonetheless for, as chancellor Angela Merkel argued, “Europe needs us, just as we need Europe”. This …

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