Author Archives for Joe Zammit-Lucia

2019 Articles

Over the last decade, central banks have gained huge influence over our lives
Over the last decade, central banks have gained huge influence over our lives
Monetary policy, central bank independence, quantitative easing. These and many other subjects tend to make people’s eyes glaze over, and [...]
November 4, 2019
Debate: Is the re-election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister good news for Canada?
Debate: Is the re-election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister good news for Canada?
Is the re-election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister good news for Canada? Yes – Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia is a [...]
October 23, 2019
This bland and disappointing Queen’s Speech is no remedy for our broken politics
This bland and disappointing Queen’s Speech is no remedy for our broken politics
“Civilisation is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces.” So wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau, maybe somewhat cynically. [...]
October 15, 2019
It may look shambolic, but this is  functioning democracy in action
It may look shambolic, but this is functioning democracy in action
Over the last three years, it has become fashionable to argue that the whole sorry Brexit saga has made the [...]
October 2, 2019
The Lib Dem Article 50 gamble is so radical it might just work
The Lib Dem Article 50 gamble is so radical it might just work
It is certainly ballsy. It has filled the newspaper pages and the airwaves. It has generated controversy. I’m talking about [...]
September 18, 2019
Democracy means accepting that sometimes the other side gets to win
Democracy means accepting that sometimes the other side gets to win
Following the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue parliament, we have seen a tsunami of outrage that British democracy is effectively [...]
September 2, 2019
We can avoid a no-deal Brexit, if both sides just keep calm
We can avoid a no-deal Brexit, if both sides just keep calm
The Eurozone economy is not looking healthy. The German engine is stalling, global trade tensions will not abate any time [...]
August 12, 2019
If you stand for nothing, Lib Dems, what will you fall for?
If you stand for nothing, Lib Dems, what will you fall for?
The Liberal Democrats have a new, young, energetic, female leader and are riding high in the polls. So with the [...]
July 24, 2019
Liberalism is not dead, but it is far sicker than you realise
Liberalism is not dead, but it is far sicker than you realise
Vladimir Putin declared liberalism obsolete
July 15, 2019
Our healthcare system is trapped in an impasse as pharmaceutical firms struggle to fund medical innovations
Our healthcare system is trapped in an impasse as pharmaceutical firms struggle to fund medical innovations
The price of technological innovations in health care has once again been brought into focus. Orkambi, a new pharmaceutical treatment [...]
May 1, 2019
There’s only one use for the Brexit extension: a General Election
There’s only one use for the Brexit extension: a General Election
French President Emmanuel Macron did not cover himself in glory at the latest European Council summit. But he was right [...]
April 15, 2019
In a logical world, the EU would never risk the fallout of Britain crashing out with no deal at all
In a logical world, the EU would never risk the fallout of Britain crashing out with no deal at all
At a dinner the other week, a friend of mine wondered whether Theresa May would have been treated with quite [...]
March 26, 2019
Want to break the Brexit deadlock? Change the negotiating terms
Want to break the Brexit deadlock? Change the negotiating terms
Who knows, Theresa May’s deal may yet get through parliament at the third attempt. It seems unlikely given the scale [...]
March 18, 2019
Europe cannot afford to return to the failed policies of the past
Europe cannot afford to return to the failed policies of the past
I am not one to argue for policies of centralisation. I am a great believer in the principle of subsidiarity [...]
March 4, 2019