Bagehot: Generation Xhausted | The Economist

Looking back over some of my most popular blogs, I think this is worth a read.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  British Prime M... LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament on October 20, 2010 in London, England. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is set to announce the coalition government’s spending review in Parliament. The review is designed to tackle the country’s deficit and will outline swinging cuts throughout the whole of the public sector with many public sector jobs set to be axed and budgets significantly reduced. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

This article from Bagehot in the Economist would be funny if it were not so sad. I recommend it for a read. Check it out!

Bagehot: Generation Xhausted | The Economist.

Being older than the author, retired and having seen a fair bit of the World, of course, I see matters slightly differently. In my generation too, I saw enormous pressure to make progress up the ladder, then to…

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Bagehot: Running out of gas | The Economist

English: US President Barack Obama and British...

English: US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet they made on the U.S. vs. England World Cup Soccer game (which ended in a tie), during a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding, MUST-READ article published in the influential Bagehot column in this week’s Economist.

Bagehot: Running out of gas | The Economist.

The article concludes that the UK’s influence in terms of foreign policy has declined significantly on David Cameron’s watch.

Cameron’s policy on Europe has been a complete failure and he is a lame-duck (see related article from the FT). Similarly, the special relationship with the US has become lukewarm with Cameron’s policies. The US is concerned about UK cuts in defense spending, Scottish devolution, and the UK referendum on the EU under a Conservative Government.

This leads me to an open question:

Would a Labour Government be able to effectively redress Cameron’s follies and strengthen the UK’s status with Europe, the US, Russia and China?

Any thoughts?

via Bagehot: Running out of gas | The Economist.