BLOG - The other Stars and Stripes
I grew up in the American Southern state of Georgia, which had the Confederate flag as a prominent part of its state flag until 2003. Government offices closed for Confederate Memorial Day (the last Monday in April), we watched Gone with the Wind as part of our history lessons at school, and we were taught to refer to the American Civil War as “the War of Northern Aggression.” The failed Confederate States of America were not a thing buried within the dustbin of history, but a living memory...
BLOG - Making work pay in the UK
The freshly-elected UK Conservative Government unveiled their first budget last week. Pointedly reminding those in the House of the sluggish recovery from the global financial crisis at home and the catastrophic state of the Greek economy abroad, Chancellor George Osbourne’s key imperative for the budget was to "put economic security first." Predictably, this involved moves like cutting welfare spending by 12 billion pounds and increasing inheritance tax thresholds. Yet the grand finale of Osbourne’s speech surprised many.