Pedestrians Block Path to US Trade Deal

Donald Trump’s claim that Theresa May’s approach to Brexit has wrecked a possible UK/US trade deal catches the headlines, but it will be pedestrians that act as a major road block to any agreement at least for automobiles. This is because the US and UK are miles apart on safety standards designed to reduce the…

Trust But Verify

On 18th September 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency sent a notice of violation to Volkswagen and the scandal known as ‘Dieselgate’ went public for the first time. Just two days earlier, the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) had released a public opinion survey entitled, ‘The Global Image and Reputation of the…

Learning from John Smith: Labour must fight Brexit to fight austerity 

It is an anniversary the Tories may prefer to forget. Twenty-five years ago, September 16 1992, better known as ‘Black Wednesday’, the day the Pound was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). This humiliation of John Major’s government delivered fatal damage to the Tory Party’s reputation for economic competence and ignited a…