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LOBBYING FOR CHANGE

For as long as the UK economy remains in its windowless, airless and damp basement with neither sight nor smell of those elusive ‘green shoots of recovery’, the reprisals and recriminations will keep coming.  People are angry and politicians in…

BAD RECESSION RECRUITMENT POLICIES

He hasn’t worked for over 12 months since being made redundant for the second time in three years. He was starting to lose faith, both in himself and his future.  I was there to buy the beers, to cheer him…

THE INVISIBLE HORIZON

I bumped into an old friend today.  He runs what an economist would describe as a small business.  He’s been in business for almost 40 years.  He employs his two sons and a further 20 people, some of them part…

KETTLE, YOURS SINCERELY, POT

Nick Clegg, the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, is mad.  He’s so mad in fact that he’s threatening to get tough and take action, just as soon as the Christmas dinner and New Year celebrations are out of the way.  The…

MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT

People with long-awaited hospital appointments tomorrow risk being disappointed.  Museum and library doors will remain firmly shut.  Bus and train engines in Northern Ireland, where public transport hasn’t yet been privatised, will stay cold while those that choose to drive…

THE GRIP OF GLOBAL DETOX

The world has misplaced its confidence.  There’s a heady mix of of fear and guilt in the air.  The financial markets, unsure which way to turn, have gone safe and south.  A new generation of political leadership is pointing fingers…

A GREEK TRAGEDY

Act I.  OUT OF CONTROL After joining the eurozone, Greece believes it has become rich and goes on a ten year spending spree. Understandable. New currencies can be confusing.  Ten years on and it finds out it’s not as rich…

A VERY CIVIL DISTURBANCE

The middle class is revolting.  They’re polite, civilised, peaceful and hygienic, but revolting. They’re mixing it with bankers on the sidewalks of Wall Street and with tourists on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. But their global message…

A COPYRIGHT WRONG

The UK courts ruled this week that internet service providers are, in effect, responsible for the protection of the Hollywood film industry’s intellectual property and profits.  After a long running legal dispute, the High Court instructed BT to bar its…

CASHBACK

With the halcyon days of the Celtic Tiger now a myth, Ireland’s economy is moribund. Businesses are unable to raise lines of credit from cash-strapped and under-capitalised banks to grow, fund cash flow or employ the ever-expanding legion of the…