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  • Why Europe Fears ‘Tax Competition’

    Back in April, after the G20 Summit, we at Heritage warned that the Summit’s attack on tax havens was, at best, an irrelevancy. At worst, it was “the start of a broader campaign to find new sources of money to tax and stigmatize as international wrongdoers states that, as an … More

    Morning Bell: Hot Dog Engagement

    If one word can sum up the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, it’s “engagement.” From Cuba to Iran and the Middle East to Russia, engagement is the White House’s magic word, an incantation that it uses to justify everything it does. Engagement’s the improved, touchy-feely way of announcing that you plan … More

    Spend More, Waste More

    Since 1999, the Labour Government in Britain has been on a spending spree of historic proportions. Actually, it’s been on two of them. From 1999 to 2005/6, expenditure grew at 4.8% annually in real terms. As a proportion of GDP, it rose from 36.3% to 41.3%. Then, for a while, … More

    Senatorial Backing for U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

    Last week, the U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty won strong public backing from two important allies: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). The Treaty, like a similar one between the U.S. and Australia, would permit the U.S. to trade most defense articles with these nations without an … More

    The Obama Administration Supports the U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

    The administration recently released its Treaty Priority List, designating the treaties for which it supports – and those for which it does not support – Senate action. The U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty, and its U.S.-Australia counterpart, is on the List. The treaties permit the U.S. to trade most defense … More

    The Labour Party and the EU Take A Beating in Britain’s Elections

    The polls said it would be bad for Labour. But no one expected it to be this bad. On Thursday, Britons voted in local county elections and elections for the European Parliament. The result was a devastating repudiation of Gordon Brown’s tottering government, and of the cause of European integration. … More

    Britain Polls, Brown Sinks

    LONDON – Britain is going to the polls today in a double-barreled election: for local councils, and to send representatives to the European Parliament. It’s hard to take either of these organizations very seriously: local councils may be responsible for delivering services, but since they raise so little of their … More

    Honoring President Ronald Reagan in London

    Here’s good news for a Friday: the planning committee of the Westminster City Council in London has given its approval for the placement of a statue honoring President Reagan outside the American Embassy. The statue will be accompanied by a piece of the Berlin Wall, to pay tribute to Reagan’s … More

    The European Convention on Human Rights Handcuffs Britain’s Armed Forces

    Yesterday, a British court ruled that the European Convention on Human Rights, which was written into British law by the Blair government’s 1998 Human Rights Act, applies to the British armed forces, no matter whether they are in Britain, on a British base overseas, or in combat. The Human Rights … More

    In Britain, Government Pays Out, While Private Pay Shrinks

    The recession is hitting hard in Britain. Unemployment has hit a 13 year high, at 2.2 million, and the last quarter saw the biggest rise in 28 years, so the bottom is nowhere in sight. But what’s particularly galling is that even those with jobs are worse off: over the … More