CapX – The Best Of 2016

It’s an understatement to say that 2016 has been an eventful year. Which makes it all the more important to take the time to look back on the real lessons of the last 12 months – and forward to what comes next.

Many of the pieces published on CapX over the past year were, inevitably, of their time – coverage of the latest twists and turns in the US election, or the EU referendum. But over the Christmas week, we’re republishing a selection of articles from the year which we hope read as well now as they did when they were first written.

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Boxing Day
If You Treat the Voters Like Fools, This is What you Get, by Alex Massie
Shakespeare and the Invention of the World, by Daniel Hannan
Socialism and Hunger: A Quick Reminder, by Marian L Tupy
China Buys Its First African Colony for a Meagre $40m, by Olivia Archdeacon
The Rape of Aleppo Should Stir Not Sorrow but Fury, by Robert Colvile

Tuesday 27th
Nice Is Not the Same Thing as Left and Mean is Not the Same Thing as Right, by Tim Montgomerie
It’s Official: Western Politics is Now Defunct, by Chris Deerin
Should We Like What Facebook is Doing to Democracy?, by Robert Colvile
Bowie Was the Best, by Iain Martin
How the West Should Punish Putin, by Edward Lucas

Wednesday 28th
How the EU Starves Africa into Submission, by Calestous Juma
Corbyn Looks the Other Way as Venezuela Self-Destructs, by Rachel Cunliffe
The Schools that Katrina Built, by Robert Colvile
François Fillon: The Man Bringing Thatcher to France, by Gaspard Koenig
Before There Was Trump, There Was Smoot, by Selwyn Parker

Thursday 29th
Referendums Are a Quintessentially British Institution, by Andrew Roberts
Labour Is a Great and Good Party and No Tory Should Celebrate its Current Plight, by Tim Montgomerie
The Poster Girl for North Korea’s Information Revolution, by Rachel Cunliffe
Putin Will Never Restore Russia’s Greatness, by Andrew Foxall
Patriotism Needn’t Be a Dirty Word, by Victoria Bateman

Friday 30th
Why Are We Determined to Deny that Things Are Getting Better?, by Johan Norberg
The Inconvenient Truth about Corbyn and the IRA, by Steve Moore
Africa Will Not Rise Until it Trades with Itself, by Daniel Knowles
Whatever Happened to the Centre Ground?, by Robert Colvile
The Woman Who Put London’s Streets on the Map, by Olivia Archdeacon

New Year’s Eve
Theresa May Is Copying John Howard – and Leaving UKIP Stranded, by Robert Colvile
A Beginner’s Guide to Socialist Economics, by Marian L Tupy
The Science Is In: GM Crops will Save the World, by Rachel Cunliffe
The EU May Work For The Elite, But Not For Most Working People, by John Mills
South Sudan: A Lesson in How Not To Build a Nation, by Richard Walker

New Year’s Day
Tax and the City – Is Our Only Duty to Obey the Law?, by Iain Martin
Why Free Trade Works, by Shanker Singham
In the Name of Science, Britain Must Leave the EU, by Matt Ridley
Capitalists Should Be Angry with Philip Green Too, by Rachel Cunliffe
If This is What The EU is Like, No Wonder Britain is Leaving, by Marian L Tupy

Monday 2nd
How the World Conquered the City, by Robert Colvile
The European Union Is Heading for the Dustbin of History, by Gerald Warner
We Are Still Proving Malthus and the Social Darwinists Wrong, by Zac Tate
Ken Livingstone Gets the History Wrong on Anti-Semitism and Hitler, by Andrew Roberts
The Collapse of the Press and the Rise of Anti-Social Media Put Democracy in Peril, by Iain Martin

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