Making stuff …

It is bad news that the Government of India (GoI) looks set to buy its new generation combat aircraft from Dassault Aviation of France and not EADS, which makes the Typhoon (mainly in the UK and Germany). This was some prize, which positions the winning firm and its government as a strategic partner for India […]

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Winning without fighting (not)

The disintegration of the Eurozone is beginning to look more likely. And Britain looks wrong-footed. Back in September, George Osborne warned the Eurozone’s leaders that they had 6 weeks to fix things, and encouraged them to integrate further, arguing that fiscal and economic union had a “remorseless logic” for the Euro 17. Since then the British Government […]

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It’s not just India’s infrastructure that needs improving

On my (empty’ish) British Airways flight out to Mumbai, I read a worrying piece in the Financial Times (“Lack of aviation ties to emerging world expected to cost (UK) £14bn”). New research commissioned by BAA, the UK airport operator, has shown that Heathrow operates 22 daily flights to growth markets like China and India, less than Paris (25) […]

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India stumbles

I’ve learnt a little about India since 2006; enough to understand the size of the opportunity, and the problem, its complexity, the talent of its people and how little I really know about them. My first proper look at India was through the prism of UK policy. Organising David Cameron’s visit here in 2006 gave me an […]

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Beware elites

During the late 1990s, when I was asked what I did by my neighbour at the twenty-something dinner parties which for a time seemed like an unavoidable component of my social life, my response was so toxic it sometimes hushed the table. “Business for Sterling?”. Tony Blair was in Number Ten, and preparations to stage […]

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