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How to fix the Irish border problem

Now that the UK and EU have agreed to transition terms, the question of the Irish border is at the top of the agenda. Unfortunately, many of the assumptions about the issue are simply wrong. As long as there is a free trade agreement between Britain and the EU, there is no reason why Brexit would to lead to a hard border with Ireland.

The problem with 'public ownership' of Facebook

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the journalist Paul Mason has suggested public ownership or very heavy regulation of Facebook. But there's no reason why it should be treated differently from any other company. And state control of our data and social media would be far worse than the status quo.

We're fighting Corbyn with freedom

The old certainties of liberalism are under threat from nationalism and socialism, while corporatism and reduced social mobility have dented faith in markets. Now more than ever, it is time to assert the freedoms and opportunities offered by classical liberalism, to revitalise the Conservatives' message and offer solutions that work.

America's Syrian drift

The American presence in Syria never amounted to a serious attempt to remove the Assad regime. Now that the Kurdish YPG has turned its attention from fighting IS to Turkey, the US risks finding itself alone, estranged from its former partners. Turkey's operation in Afrin offers a chance to restore relations with a Nato ally, curb Russia and Iran, and weaken the regime.

Start tackling the poverty premium by measuring it

When it comes to tackling poverty, the government simply doesn't have much of the data it needs to make a difference. Above all, it ignores the extra costs faced by the poor. Research shows that energy, banking and insurance are more expensive for the least well-off (see Stat of the Day). It's time the government took the problem seriously.

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