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Paul Gardner considers why some populist votes are being ignored while Brexit, which has a significant constitutional impact and the narrowest of majorities, is held as a beacon of the ‘will of the people’.

Let’s face it, the only reason this “will of very slightly more than half of the people” has even got this far is that it is the will of Rupert Murdoch, Richard Desmond and Arron Banks. I’m sick to death of hearing the phrase “the will of the people” in connection with a split of […]
Zeinab Badawi chairs this Intelligence Squared debate examines how Britain should leave the EU and what that deal is achievable.
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Zeinab Badawi chairs this Intelligence Squared debate examines how Britain should leave the EU and what that deal is achievable.

Recorded at the Emmanuel Centre in central London in November 2016, this Intelligence Squared debate brought together Douglas Carswell, Patrick Minford, Anna Soubry and Alexander Stubb to examine the post-Brexit landscape and the options for the UK in its negotiations with Brussels. So-called ‘hard Brexiters’ Douglas Carswell and veteran economist Patrick Minford take the uncompromising […]
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Nicholas Lord argues that tax avoidance schemes must be formally approved by the state – before use – rather than closed down after they are discovered.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Not, this time, for gunpowder, treason and plot. But for the news break by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) of the so-called “Paradise Papers”, a leak of 13.4m files detailing the financial behaviour of individual and corporate elites, many of whom use offshore financial centres to avoid […]
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Martin Jones encourages employers to take off the blinkers about older workers and have the guts to employ people for what they can bring to businesses – and forget about the date on their birth certificate.

In a recent episode of The Apprentice, Lord Sugar warned the mostly millennial-aged competitors – who were designing a product for the grey market – that being over 60 doesn’t mean you have ‘one foot in the grave’. His comment highlighted the enduring stereotype that old age is all about decline and illness, rather than […]