My mood has brightened since my last post, which was gloomy about the recent data on the spread of coronavirus in Britain. Nonetheless, I think the easing of the lockdown is premature, for reasons set out below. Let me reiterate: I’m an economist, not an epidemiologist. Furthermore, you should never believe a forecast, especially not […]
David Mepham, who died this week, has a strong claim to be the person who did most to bring about the establishment of the UK’s Department for International Development. [Continue reading] In praise of David Mepham, arguably the inventor of DFID
Donors are considering a proposal for a new “innovative finance mechanism” to increase funding for education, based on recommendations from Gordon Brown’s Education Commission. We agree that we need to finance an expansion of education in the developing world. But sadly, the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd) proposal is too good to be true. [Continue reading] The International Finance Facility for Education: The Wrong Answer to the Right Question?
A list of announcements that for the first time in history we can eradicate poverty. [Continue reading] The eternal opportunity
Theresa May says that citizens’ rights are her first priority. She means that her first priority is to curtail them. [Continue reading] Theresa May’s letter to EU citizens does not guarantee key rights
This is a good round-up of the rights that EU citizens living in the UK seem likely to lose, notwithstanding the government’s protestations that their rights will be largely unchanged. I list them here, but they are better explained in the article. The right to go abroad The right to fall in love with a […]
How dare religious zealots impose their wicked views on the rest of us? [Continue reading] Religious zealots should mind their own business
On the death of my father, Brian Barder. A life well lived. [Continue reading] Brian Barder 1934-2017 – A life well lived
We had the pleasure of taking part of the Otepää Ironman 70.3 in both 2016 and 2017. Highly recommended. [Continue reading] Otepää Ironman 70.3 Race Report
Better global policies have brought about unprecedented improvements in many people’s lives. The right response to the present political challenge to this agenda is to do a far, far better job of making sure that we properly manage the negative effects for people who have lost out, and work much, much harder to share the gains more widely. [Continue reading] Have we reached peak global?