6 Sep

Parliament debate

On Thursday 29th August 2013 at around 2230 hours the British Prime Minister (PM) lost a vote in the British parliament. Not for the first or last time to be sure but in this case the government motion being debated concerned the PM’s ability to conduct foreign policy – for the United Kingdom to join […]

Thoughts on EU stuff, including intergenerational equity and EU membership as a variably-valued asset

8 Jul


This month I attended a Gatehouse Roundtable event, which focused on ‘Brexit: What future for Europe and the UK’. The roundtable explored the declining British influence in the EU and the deficits of the current EU system, involving a lovely confluence of: a breakdown in relations between Germany and France; the issue of a democratic […]

PASC Calls for Government to Engage the Public in National Strategy

2 Jul


On Friday 28th June the Public Administration Select Committee released its publication: ‘Engaging the public in National Strategy’. It called for Government to begin to use opinion polling to understand better what the public want for the UK and to inform national strategy. It claims that Parliament should start to hold the Government accountable to […]

Thoughts on the PASC Report on Public Engagement in Policy Making

13 Jun

On the 3rd June, PASC released its report on the topic, calling for an approach to policy-making where public opinion, ideas and contributions are sought and welcome at all stages of the policy cycle. PASC says that Government should be able to demonstrate that it has adopted this approach alongside ministerial leadership and responsibility for […]

Vision and Strategy

31 May

NATIONAL VISION AND STRATEGY – AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT What is a national “vision”? Vision is the big idea of foreign, domestic and national policy. It is the overarching concept that links ends, ways and means; the organizing principle that allows the state to purposively plan and prioritize the use of all instruments of power; it […]

Rapping about Scottish independence

21 May

United Kingdom Strategic Interests – A Hostage to Fortune?

9 May

A Strategic Lesson From History

23 Apr