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Why is Putin Rewriting History?

Robert Tyler argues that President Putin’s recent essay reveals a sinister desire to force Ukraine – and other Baltic states – back into the Russian sphere.

The Third Pole of Power 

It’s been a long time coming, and now it’s official. Dubbed as a new Cold War, the US-China confrontation in the Pacific has now cut across the Atlantic into the NATO Summit Declaration. Yet, in a re-emerging bipolarity, Europe may this time choose to play the role of a third pole of power, writes Dr Antonios Nestoras. 

It’s Disingenuous for the Government to Celebrate Windrush Day

Helen Hayes MP flags the Government’s ongoing failures – which continue to devastate the lives of those affected by the Windrush Scandal.

I Drank Because I was Ashamed to be Gay

In his moving speech from Parliament’s Pride Debate, Dan Carden MP reveals how the trauma of hiding his sexuality led him to alcohol abuse.

The UK has a Duty to Hongkongers

After mounting evidence of China breaking the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Tom Randall MP argues that due to the UK’s recent colonial history with Hong Kong, the Foreign Office now has a duty to stand up and protect Hongkongers’ freedoms and rights.

The History Curriculum Needs Diversifying

Within 48 hours, 100,000 people signed Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson’s petition calling for the Government to teach Britain’s colonial past as part of the UK’s compulsory curriculum. Launched in June 2020, it has since reached 240,000 signatories.

Chris Evans, Labour MP for Islwyn and chair of the APPG on archives and history, makes the case for diversifying the history curriculum.

Europe Must Rethink the Digital Services Act

The European Commission claims that the Digital Services Act (DSA) will deliver much-needed harmonisation and clarity of regulation. In fact, it introduces new risks and costs on businesses without adequate justification. If the European Commission aims to improve the competitiveness of Europe’s digital economy and to safeguard the interests of European consumers, its proposals must be significantly amended.

Biden, Putin, and the Danger of Shaking Hands

At the Geneva Summit, the American President ignored warnings not to shake his Russian counterpart’s hand. In doing so, he reflected a wider trend in which the West shuts its eyes to Russian aggressions, blocking out decades of sound advice coming from Eastern and Central Europe.

The Case for Vitamin D Prescriptions

Jim Shannon draws on medical research to argue that vitamin D prescriptions are a crucial component to living in a post-lockdown Covid world.

Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

Anthony Mangall MP, chair of the APPG on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict initative (PSVI) reminds Parliament why it’s time to reignite the UK’s global initiative in recognising, punishing and supporting the victims of crimes committed on the sidelines of war.

The misty meaning of the G7 tax agreement

The G7 agreement on the minimum tax of 15 percent is a small step, but it is not yet clear in which direction.

Isolating Morocco would be a historic blunder for the EU

Why the EU needs a change of policy approach to avoid Morocco becoming another uncooperative player in the region, which could be just as devastating as when the West lost Turkey

Zoom and the equalisation of ideas

How politicians and videoconferencing have made the world smaller

The EU’s perilous social justice bill

The Commission’s three-pronged plans for a new Europe have returned from hibernation – and are a sleepwalk into bad policy

Plugging the gap? Different approaches to road pricing

As EV uptake grows, so too does another headache for the government, writes Patrick Hall.

Here’s how to make COP26 momentous

Westminster observers are concerned the landmark climate conference could prove little more than a showpiece. Stakeholders advised how to avoid that fate.

Europe’s Last Chance in Venezuela

The following months are a make-or-break window of opportunity for the EU to accelerate Nicolás Maduro’s demise and a democratic restoration in the country, argues a new report.

Who is the Skills Bill for?

WEA head Simon Parkinson says we should herald the law’s opportunities – but be aware of its shortcomings

Making European vaccine strategy “antifragile” by eliminating the virus

It yet remains to be seen if the vaccine will deliver the promise of a return to normal life, with no new waves of infections.

Introducing the Mace Index of Special Advisers

Peter Cardwell, special adviser to four cabinet ministers, introduces our exclusive survey of the Top 50 Spads across all political parties – and explains why the politico breed are here to stay

Beyond Westminster: Consultancy Across the Regions

Devolution has been good business for public affairs consultants with specialist knowledge of Holyrood, Stormont and the Senedd

Introducing the Political Consultants Index

As political lobbying receives new scrutiny in the wake of Greensill, our peer-reviewed Mace Top 100 Political Consultants Index explores the best professional advocates moving and shaking Westminster policy.

Never mind Macron, worry about whoever comes next

The combination of Macron’s new-found popularity on the right, the apathetic support for him from the centre, and Le Pen’s tainted brand, may save him in next year’s election

In Conversation with Sylvie Bermann, former French ambassador

Sylvie Bermann was France’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2017, the first woman to hold the role.

Why do some countries succeed with electric vehicles?

Greater incentives are needed to make electric cars more attractive to UK drivers

Why the Uyghur genocide in China matters

Any move towards closer economic cooperation between the European Union and China must be put on pause until the situation in Xinjiang is entirely remedied

Can Europe turn into a global digital leader?

The future European legislative framework needs to be technologically open and define very clear rules, avoiding unnecessary red tape.

The real problem with the “Sofa Gate”

The trip was supposed to reignite the spark of a relationship between the EU and Turkey – a relationship that has been strained over the last few years.

The UK Should Learn from the EU’s Mistakes on Trade Protectionism

An independent trade policy with an eye on Due Diligence will improve the UK’s relations and diplomatic links with key strategic partners

After COVID, the EU needs a new approach to China

The pandemic has proved a turning point for China’s foreign policy and public relations. Brussels should reciprocate.

Europe’s risk aversion affects the whole world

From digital policy to transport, the EU’s overly prescriptive approach to risk is unwise and costly.

The Streaming Wars: European culture could be a major step towards recovery

Politicians across the bloc ought to remember the films and series they enjoyed during lockdown – and support their continental producers.

To Europeans, America is back. The US wants something in return

If it is not possible to renew transatlantic vows under Biden, chances are that it will not happen under his successor either.

Treaty change can secure post-Covid reform for the EU

The upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe must avoid becoming a mere publicity stunt, when the bloc needs drastic change.

COVID Recovery Fund challenged in European Courts

If the Constitutional Court decides to proceed with the case, it could delay the roll out of the Coronavirus Recovery Fund for months

The UK is leading the way on tech regulation

Facebook’s Director of Public Policy for Northern Europe, Edward Bowles, praises the UK’s holistic approach to tech regulation and outlines the challenges to come

America must beware the revisionists 

Republicans exploiting the language of unity seek to minimise their role in the Capitol riot. Americans must see through them, says Adam Solomons

Bye-bye Biden the moderate

Biden might look like a return to normality, but he is far from it, says Ferdie Rous

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So what if Biden’s cabinet is Catholic?

Over a third of Biden’s cabinet nominees may be Catholic, but it won’t affect their politics, says Ferdie Rous

Bound by country and religion

As the torch passes to the second Irish Catholic president, how do Joe Biden and JFK compare, asks Damian Collins

Lies, damned lies and a break-in

Marie Le Conte‘s take on the Capitol Riots

Post-Brexit, Short-termism

Ending short-termism: the post-Brexit challenge

Thirty years of short-termism has left the transport and energy sectors in a stagnating mess, says Tony Lodge, but with Brexit done, there is a chance for some real change

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Stuck between the snobs and the critics

Fashion can make or break in Westminster, says former aide to Jeremy Corbyn Frances Leach

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Remembering ‘The Minister’, aka Patrick Paines

William Cash pays tribute to ‘The Minister’, his friend Patrick Paines, whose funeral service in the Canterbury Cathedral crypt, led by the Cathedral’s Dean, took place today

Put the Donald in the Dock, says Anthony Scaramucci

In 60 days, America should prosecute the outgoing president for the atrocities of his time in office, argues Anthony Scaramucci (Trump’s former head of communications), Alan Blotcky and Seth Norrholm

Dominic Cummings Special

The End of ‘Domocracy’ at No 10

Dominic Cummings’s departure from Downing Street gives Boris Johnson the chance to reshuffle his team on more democratic lines, says former SpAd Peter Cardwell

Dominic Cummings Special

The Cummings Legacy Is Not What The Pundits Think

As Dominic Cummings leaves Downing Street for the last time, William Cash notes that his legacy will extend far beyond his own disruption of Whitehall

How Cameron’s manager predicted the end of Trump

As pollsters take a battering, again, William Cash recalls how Obama’s fixer, Jim Messina, called the election perfectly

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The PM has Forgotten Where Power Truly Resides

To soothe public outrage, says Marie Le Conte, the government need to look beyond the green benches

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Doing Justice to the Presidential Election

The polls are closed but the battle for the Presidency carries on. The Supreme Court will be the deciding factor, says Trey Barnes

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Florida is Still the Key to the US Election

Forgetting his opponent’s name is but a detail for Biden and his campaign, it’s all about Florida, says Trey Barnes

Hankering for the debates of days gone by

With the last Presidential debate tonight, Christopher Altieri longs for the debates of old

Team Trump v Team Biden: Family v Experience

As Trump’s numbers soar in Florida ahead of the final Presidential debate on Thursday, the Mace considers the sea of difference between the Biden and Trump campaign

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The Democrats pick pragmatism over idealism in 2020

As a report reveals that Joe Biden will benefit from his son‘s deal with China’s largest energy company, Nicholas Wapshott explains why he still has the best chance of winning the Presidency

Why religion may still decide the US election

‘Religion was the elephant in the room’ at last night’s Presidential town hall showdowns. It may yet decide the election, says William Cash

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Why Britain should welcome a Biden landslide

Forget Trump, a Biden Presidency would be best for Britain, says George Peel

Donald Trump – Burning Bright

The American President is an apex predator, while his opponent is a pantomime horse, says Conrad Black

Never Let You Go: Clinging to our Leave/Remain Identities

James Tilley on why our Brexit identities still dominate four years on from the referendum.

Boris’s new Tudor court

Austen Saunders on why breaking with Europe, the SNP’s rising and Black Lives Matter is turning Britain into a divided, post-Brexit imperial Empire – And expect more waltzing with America…

APPG – Football Brings People Together

As a proud season ticket holder at Manchester United, my passion for football started at a young age, writes Katherine Fletcher MP

Crony Island?

Political scientists have long alleged that the UK political system is one of the world’s least corrupt. When it comes to cronyism, however, why is Westminster’s record far murkier?

The Strategist: How to Win Elections with Jim Messina

In an exclusive Mace interview, William Cash talks to Jim Messina, the man known as The Fixer for his success in both Obama and Cameron election campaigns.

Clashing Tribes: The Longevity of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ Politics

Whatever you think of identity politics, the social battleground between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ is here to stay, argues Robert Ford.

The Corridor – Blues Brother

The ascension of Davie to the top job at the Beeb in June aroused a considerable degree of suspicion among the corporation’s not insubstantial number of lefties on account of his Tory history.

Long Table: Peter Mandelson’s Cosy Country Life in Lockdown 

Tucked away in Wiltshire, Peter Mandelson read his way through lockdown, when he wasn’t zooming into the Lords

Erskine: Bernard Jenkin MP

Attempts to modernise the civil service, one of the great institutions of state, will put unnecessary strain on the UK constitution

Wonk Warriors: The Think Tanks that Run the Show

Ferdie Rous looks at the brightest and best think tanks operating in Westminster and looks at how Covid gave think tanks a revamp

The Unconventional Diplomat – Vanessa Neumann

I signed up for diplomacy, but got politics, says Venezuela’s British Ambassador

More money, more problems

High inflation looms in the US as the country increases the quantity of money to combat recession, writes Tim Congdon.

Constituency vitae: David Lammy on Tottenham

The north London constituency is not without its problems, admits David Lammy, but it remains a destination second to none…

The Clown Prince Ascends to his Throne

There’s plenty of egg-on-face – or just embarrassed silence – for the many pundit hacks, often former Tory colleagues of Boris, who wrote him off as a priapic clown.

Long Table: Lord Butler on the Ship of State

The former cabinet secretary, now a Lords crossbencher, describes his life as a peer and the differing demands of serving under five prime ministers.

The Dark Art of Lobbying

We lift the lid on the industry cloaked in mystery.

Who are the key players in justice today?

Christopher Jackson provides an update of a department about to enter a period of considerable flux.

Why the Lobbyists are Taking Over Whitehall

Another administration, another set of Spads – but is there a trend in favour of lobbyists taking on senior advisory positions?

Treasury still wields too much influence, says ex-Commons clerk

This fortress at the heart of Westminster acts as if it owns the public finances and such a monopolistic attitude is deeply damaging.

Dominic Cummings Special

Inside the Cummings Revolution

How much can Whitehall’s antiquated government offices learn from the Palo Alto tech giants?

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Trump’s election victory was a ‘metaphysical’ certainty

In an exclusive from DC, William Cash finds Steve Bannon in combative form as he reveals what he’s learnt about strategy from Thucydides