Author: politicoteacher

My talk to Sixth Form students: What on Earth is going on in politics?

It’s been a tumultuous few years in politics, with politicians, pollsters, pundits, political scientists and betting markets failing to predict the outcomes of two general elections, the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. In each instance, on the day of the vote, betting markets gave each of the outcomes that ended up happening …

Inequality is not only unjust, it’s bad for economic growth.

Until recently it was generally accepted that policies designed to reduce inequality might be morally good, but would cause a reduction in economic growth. This view was popularised by a book by Arthur Okun called Equality and Efficiency: The Big Trade Off. It’s not difficult to understand why there might be a trade-off, because some …

Why Thatcher is wrong to argue that “the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”.

Margaret Thatcher famously argued that the “the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”. The quote is paraphrased from a 1976 interview on Thames Television’s This Week, where Mrs Thatcher was responding to a question about her desire to bring down Harold Wilson’s Labour Government. Since then, the quote …

Nobody thinks that freedom of speech should be absolute, but speech deserves special protection on a university campus and must be defended.

If you believe the newspapers and broadcast media, freedom of speech is under threat on our university campuses as never before. On the right, this has taken the form of questioning the so-called “anti-Brexit bias” of university lecturers, and, on the left, free speech has been challenged by students advocating trigger warnings and safe spaces to …

Corbyn was right to withdraw the whip from Jared O’Mara. Homophobia and misogyny must not be normalised in our public discourse.

We’ve all said things we’ve regretted. We’ve all posted things online that we would look back at in horror when subjected to public scrutiny. But we haven’t all described women as “sexy little slags” or used lewd language to demean and objectify. We don’t all indulge in casual racism or use vile homophobic language. And …