An audio recording of last week’s spiked debate on consumerism, with me on the panel, is now available online. Click here.
This is my book review from Friday’s Financial Times. Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp – On the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, by Kenneth P Vogel, PublicAffairs, 2014, RRP$27.99/£18.99 There is a tension at the heart of democratic politics that is hard to resolve. In the electoral sphere […]
The Financial Times has published two articles by me today. The first is a discussion of Oxfam’s claim that the world’s 85 richest individuals own as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. The second is a review of a book on campaign finance in America. You may need to register (free) to […]
I will be participating in a debate on the Global 10 billion – something to celebrate? at the Mantownhuman summer in London at 12.30am on 16 July. The other panelists will be Danny Dorling (a professor of geography at Oxford university) and Philippe Legrain (the author of Immigrants: your country needs them).
The emergence of London as a centre for trading in the Chinese currency points to both the strengths and weaknesses of the British economy. It is certainly a coup for London that the Chinese authorities have agreed to launch direct trading between the renminbi and the pound on the capital’s foreign exchange market. This will build […]
For those who cannot face reading Thomas Piketty’s 700 page tome on inequality – and there must be a huge number of buyers who have just left it lying on the coffee table – a quick primer. His interview on the BBC Hardtalk programme gives a good quick “cheat” on where he is coming from. […]
Market reactions to the decision by the European Central Bank to reduce interest rates and introduce additional unconventional monetary measures can be broadly divided into two: those who welcomed the moves and those who welcomed them but said they were insufficient. Both sides misconstrue the nature of the eurozone’s economic problems and so cannot offer […]
I will be participating in a spiked debate on celebrating consumer choice at the Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, London on the evening of Monday 23 June. The other panelists are Julian Baggini (philosopher and author), Helen Dickinson (director general of the British Retail Consortium) and Harry Wallop (journalist and broadcaster).
This article was an accompanying box for a recent Fund Strategy cover story I wrote on emerging markets. The debate about the rising middle class in emerging economies often gives a misleading impression of the scale of prosperity that has been achieved. It is true, and welcome, that people in the developing world have become […]
I will be introducing a discussion of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments at the IoI Economy Forum in London on 25 June. Everyone welcome. This follows on from a discussion of The Wealth of Nations on 27 February.
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