What next for British foreign policy in a post-Brexit world? | Christopher Hill

Without EU succour, the consequences of going it alone will be painfully felt

John Bolton might want to tie Britain into the United States’ political orbit, but the relief with which Theresa May’s government greeted European support after the Skripal poisoning and Jeremy Hunt’s reflex request for Franco-German support in the Gulf suggest that the EU and its member states will still be important to British foreign policy even if Brexit happens.

But what kind of co-operation is achievable?

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Insights… economists reveal themselves to be as fallible as the rest of us | Torsten Bell

They portray themselves as impartial and objective but a survey exposed their biases, unconscious or otherwise

Many economists put a lot of weight on the idea that their profession is unbiased and non-ideological. Over time, the discipline has focused on applying complicated maths to data, as part of a “positivist” movement seeking to claim economics as a “real science” where economists show what they have found, not what they think.

Such self-perception coexisted with the critique of less mainstream economists that the profession has an ideological bias, generally rightwing. Markets work, humans are self-interested, the state messes things up, and so forth. The latest salvo from proponents of the latter view, including Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge University’s prominent opponent of mainstream economics, comes via creative new research.

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