May 19, 2010

Coalition off to a good start

Britain’s May 6 general election was different from previous elections both in the way the campaigns were conducted and in its final outcome. The turnout was a respectable 65 percent, some 4 percent better than at the previous election in 2005. The electoral commission ...

May 9, 2010

Will the euro live through the Greek crisis?

LONDON — The British, who have not joined the single European currency, have watched somewhat complacently the development of the economic crisis in Greece. They have been happy to leave Greece’s rescue to the other countries that use the euro and to the International ...

Apr 11, 2010

Which way will the British go?

The United Kingdom will go to the polls on May 6, almost five years since the last general election. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has clung to power as long as he legally could. Now he must face the electorate. The electorate is fickle and ...

Apr 6, 2010

Getting a leg up on health care

LONDON — The signature by U.S. President Barack Obama of his health care bill was welcomed by most people in Britain and Europe. Many thought that the provision of health care for those not covered by insurance or whose insurance could not be renewed ...

Mar 12, 2010

Rule of law vs. security

LONDON — Politicians in Britain and in Japan often talk glibly about the importance of the rule of law. But how many of them have a clear idea of what this important phrase means? A book by Tom Bingham titled “The Rule of Law” ...

Mar 3, 2010

Zero tolerance for bullying

The British media have given prominence recently to allegations that Prime Minister Gordon Brown is a bully who intimidates those who work for him. It has also been alleged that some of his staff have briefed against Cabinet ministers with whom Brown disagrees. The ...

Feb 18, 2010

Building the best military

What sort of defense capability is now needed and how much can be afforded? The British government has postponed a necessary strategic defense review until after this year’s general election. A discussion paper has set out some of the options and has highlighted the ...

Feb 4, 2010

Tony Blair still in denial

The official inquiry in London about the Iraq war is not a trial or an attempt to assign blame. It is an attempt to uncover the facts about the war and to consider lessons that should be learned from the war. Much of the ...

Dec 25, 2009

Ever-widening pay gaps

LONDON — According to recent reports, chief executives of top British companies are now paid 81 times more than the average British worker. The pay gap has nearly doubled in the past decade. There is no justification for this trend. British companies have not ...

Dec 21, 2009

No such thing as classless

According to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the taxation policies of the Tory (Conservative) Party were decided on the playing field of Eton (one of Britain’s top private schools). Thus, Gordon Brown, whose Labour government trails in the opinion polls behind the Conservative opposition, seemed ...