subsidiarity Archive

  • What should parking pay for?

    Away from the big picture of world trade and globalisation, let’s look at the important issue of parking charges.  What should it cost to park a car outside your house?  And, more importantly, who decides? For example, a recent increase in parking charges in the […]

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  • It’s arrived!

    The first set of reports from the government’s Balance of Competences (BoC) review emerged yesterday after 9 months gestation to a joyous public reception.  The fountains in Trafalgar Square and even Niagara Falls turned blue to celebrate this achievement of the Conservative party.  Although, on […]

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  • The forthcoming referendum in Scotland

    David Cameron and Alex Salmond agreed earlier this month the terms for the referendum on Scottish independence to be held in the autumn of 2014.  Federal Union has been asked what it thinks. It would be outside the scope of this website to take view […]

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  • Opening for the Olympics

    The government has trailed in the news the idea that the restrictions on Sunday opening for large shops should be relaxed for an eight week period over the summer at the time of the Olympics.  (Read about it here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116909/London-2012-Olympics-Shop-opening-laws-Sundays-eased-The-Games.html)  It intends to propose it […]

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  • Wrong on so many levels

    Who says this website is narrow-minded? We leap from the crisis afflicting western capitalism to the question of how a young girl travels to school: federalism has something to say about them both. On the latter, the story in the Evening Standard today is that […]

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  • Jon Worth - reluctant to be called a pro-European?

    I am still a pro-European

    An interesting post by Jon Worth arguing that framing the debate about Britain and Europe in terms of pro-European and Eurosceptic is not helpful. The European Union legislates everything from working hours to the price of potatoes, air quality to trade tariffs. There is no […]

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  • Time travel: the limits of parliamentary democracy

    A forthcoming proposal to change the time zone raises an interesting question about how our parliamentary democracy represents the diverse interests of this country.  Putting the clocks forward by one hour will be suggested as part of a government tourism strategy to create more jobs […]

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  • No to the postcode lottery

    An interesting article in the Financial Times (“Everyone wins in the postcode lottery” by Tim Harford) praises diversity as a means of improving performance.  Diverse ecosystems are more resilient in the face of new parasites, and a business with apparently wasteful experiments around the edges […]

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  • Far-reaching decision on marijuana

    A report in the Financial Times today about Mexican concerns over a referendum in California.  California is a major producer and Californians are major consumers of marijuana, and there is a vote on 2 November about whether to legalise marijuana within the state. This could […]

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  • Can Australian states survive?

    A very interesting talk on the state of federalism in Australia yesterday, given by Geoff Anderson of Flinders University, Adelaide. The discussion about whether federalism is primarily about centralisation or decentralisation gets some extra dimensions from the discussion in Australia. On one side, there is […]

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