Tuesday

My meeting with Lady Thatcher and how it helped lead to the book I am now writing

  Below is the account I wrote (with the comments received) just after my unexpected meeting with Lady Thatcher. Partly as a result of that meeting, I am now working on a book in which I am describing the impact … Continue reading

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Sunday

Return to Aix. First impressions.

I came down to Aix-en-Provence by train yesterday. On the way we passed through Lyon. Two things bleakly stood out: many walls smothered in graffiti and the large blocks of social housing. I arrived in the evening. By the middle … Continue reading

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Friday

Link to talk I gave in Australia earlier this year.

Talk on welfare and work on new book.

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Sunday

Hitler was a product of Germany’s past

As part of my research for the new book, I have been reading up about Bismarck – someone I had never learnt about before. I certainly do not pretend to be an expert on him or on Germany generally. But … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Starting to write the new book

I have started to write the new book on welfare states around the world. I have already done some small introductory chapters and some other items. But now I am starting on the real substance of the thing, beginning with … Continue reading

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Friday

‘Diary’ of research in America in the current ‘Spectator’

You can see the beginning here. Or else it can be found in the print edition.

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Thursday

Research trip to the USA

I have been planning a trip to the USA to do more research for the new book. I won’t name the many individuals I am seeing but I will be going to Washington DC, Wisconsin, Minnesota, San Francisco and possibly … Continue reading

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Thursday

Your chances of getting the latest, best treatment in Britain are significantly lower than in other advanced countries

Plenty of well-educated people who read ‘quality’ newspapers and listen to BBC Radio 4 genuinely have no idea that Britain lags other countries in the use of new technology and drugs. They do not realise that if you have a … Continue reading

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Thursday

Compulsory saving the Singapore, Australian and Chilean way

I am the end of a trip taking nearly two weeks, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The most notable interview I had in Singapore was with the deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Tharman  Shanmugaratnam. We talked about many … Continue reading

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Friday

The most powerful man in education in the world

I was told that Michael Gove, the British secretary of state for education, said this man was the most important person in education in the world. I think that could be upgraded to ‘the most powerful’. He does not run … Continue reading

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