Rushed policy generally can do just as much harm as cigarettes in the long run – and, sadly, seems almost as addictive to politicians as nicotine.
In the geo-political battle of ideas, between an open, liberal vision of government and society, and a more authoritarian template, the continent, overwhelmingly, is in the right column.
The European Parliament is not a Parliament at all. Clarity never arrives. All is opaque, an endless subterranean wrestling match, for the irrelevant voters intolerably dull.
The pandemic has destroyed the idea that macroeconomic problems can be solved by throwing more stimulus at things.
Policymakers should be asking themselves whose quality of life worsens thanks to the current unplanned mess.
These are two major dangers to indefinite restrictions. One relates to immunity, and the other is around how long people can cope with them.
It seeks to define education settings as essential infrastructure alongside other premises such as power stations, hospitals and food retailers.
We need to focus on developing our brightest and most talented people, in a range of different fields, from a young age.
Failing to implement – or even entertain the notion of – change helps no-one, aside from perhaps a handful who use the health service for cheap populism.
It’s one thing to endure them to prevent people dying, and for a relatively short period of time; quite another because we might return to this situation.
Maintaining the current diplomatic relations would be a devastating mistake – potentially with fatal consequences.
If it were the critical factor, Belgium should have been superbly prepared for the pandemic. Alas, it was not.
The fourth of a series of pieces from Policy Exchange looking at specific issues that arise from the Brexit trade deal.