Nancy McDermott makes an astute point on equality in her masterly spiked essay on “maternalism”: “Today’s obsession with inequality masks an attack on equal standards and equal rights”.
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has unwittingly endorsed my characterisation of him as a new egalitarian in yesterday’s spiked piece. An article in today’s Guardian quotes him as saying “there is too much inequality” and “my speech was actually a warning against letting inequality go unchecked”.
This article was first published on spiked today. Although last week’s Margaret Thatcher lecture by Boris Johnson was widely understood as a traditional conservative rejection of equality, it was nothing of the sort. It is true that the mayor of London stepped slightly beyond the bounds of what is generally considered appropriate in these oversensitive [...]
This article first appeared in this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Germany has, for the time being at least, replaced China as America’s lead villain in the world economy. The discussion of global economic imbalances is back but the main bogeyman this time around is European rather than Asian. America turned the heat up on Germany [...]
The fervent debate on whether America is suffering from “secular stagnation” reveals little about the economy but much about the bankrupt state of economics. There is little original in the discussion of the malady and even less of anything profound. Larry Summers, a former US Treasury secretary among many other things, kicked off the debate [...]
This article first appeared in this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Even by the standards of a world of confused debates the discussion of energy is spectacularly muddled. While politicians and campaigners bluster about greedy energy companies the central issue, how to bolster supply, receives little attention. Politicians of all stripes are guilty of posturing on [...]
This is the box for my Fund Strategy cover story on Britain’s economic recovery. One of the government’s central commitments when elected into office in 2010 was to rebalance the British economy. This pledge had several elements to it. In his first keynote speech as prime minister the newly elected prime minister David Cameron made [...]
My latest Fund Strategy cover story, published today, looks at the discussion of the British economic recovery. The related graphs and a timeline are available here. Tomorrow I will publish the related box that looks at the discussion of rebalancing. After several years of economic pain the UK economy appears to be enjoying a recovery. [...]
I must have missed it in my childhood for, despite liking cartoons, I do not recall ever coming across Scrooge McDuck. I certainly did not expect that many years later I would be alerted to the existence of the richest duck in the world by a billionaire fund manager. Bill Gross, the founder and chief investment officer [...]
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