Despite having a younger population than most high-income countries, we spend far more per person on health than the OECD average. And our health system is still a mess. We need to start looking hard at where exactly the money is going, or costs will just keep rising
The second policy response to fast-paced changes in the nature of work and its attendant rise in earnings inequality is to set up a universal basic income programme. This is money everyone gets transferred into their bank account every month, regardless of their age or income level. Think of it as child benefit, but for everyone.
We’re getting close to the stage where the fate of our country could end up being decided by a set of Dungeons and Dragons dice. This explains the EU’s seeming intransigence over its negotiated position, and May’s robotic talking points in parliament last Wednesday. Neither party can deviate very far from the edge of the cliff, because to do so would be ridiculous
Blame it on a post-colonial fantasy, but there’s nothing imaginary about the damage Brexit will do to Britain, and to us
Firms all over Dublin administer parts of the global shadow banking system, but it is the Irish Central Bank which has built up the first fully formed picture of this world. Others now need to share what they know about this intriguing arm of the financial system
It is important that we ask the right questions. It is vitally important that we understand the degree of uncertainty of any answer
The national finances are once again becoming heavily dependent on one narrow, highly profitable sector of the economy. Sound familiar?
Today, I want to finish my series on what the state gets right by looking at the state’s response to Brexit since 2015. Yes, you read that correctly: 2015. I also want to reflect on what the state is doing to get us ready for the future.
From running our libraries to helping vulnerable children, to buying things in a smart way, to using technology to get us new passports and new services, to helping guide policy, the state is doing more for us than any of us know.
You’ll hear all about it when health organisations get something wrong, as you should. They are dealing with vulnerable people and should always aim to improve. But will you hear about it when they get things right, and make things better for people?