These days global problems seem to appear faster than we can solve them. Climate change is making its mark felt with winter temperatures in the arctic at over 20 degrees and snow in Hawaii reported. Meanwhile it is the global economy that continues to preoccupy policy makers and politicians. It no longer appears to be the generator of wealth for all that it once was – at least in the West. The knock-on effects for ordinary people have been both economic and political. At the economic level the lack of earnings growth has been described as the worst since 1860 by Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England. Politically too there has been a cost with a marked rebellion against the old order and the rise of populist solutions – think Brexit and Trump and the challenge from the far right in Europe.
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