This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. It has become widely accepted that the wealthy, and particularly the super-rich, have changed fundamentally in the recent past. Not so long ago the rich mainly inherited their wealth but the current crop, so the argument goes, usually made their own fortunes. The editors [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Whatever happened to the march of the makers? Back in March 2011, Chancellor George Osborne proclaimed in a parliamentary speech that an industrial renaissance was central to the Government’s plan for growth: “We want the words: ‘Made in Britain’; ‘Created in Britain’; ‘Designed in [...]
Margaret Thatcher’s admirers and her critics are both overestimating the extent to which the former prime minister transformed the British economy and financial markets. Although she made some important changes an awful lot remained intact. Let’s get the genuine shifts out the way first. Perhaps the most dramatic was winning acceptance for the idea that [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. It has become widely accepted that the world is trapped in a peculiar “balance sheet recession” in which companies are preoccupied with paying down debt. A good reason to treat a critique of the idea seriously. The critical appraisal comes from Andrew Smithers, one [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. An event on economics has seldom shocked me so much. The public launch of the “Manifesto for Growth” at the London School of Economics (LSE) came across as blatantly disdainful of the public and the democratic process. My reading of the report’s central argument [...]
It is hard to imagine a more vivid illustration of the government’s feeble approach to economic growth than its announcement on high-speed rail (HS2). It is certain that none of the much-vaunted growth or job creation will happen during the coalition’s term of office. Indeed it is far from certain the project will end up [...]
This article was part of my cover story from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. The similarities between the biographies of Ed Miliband and those around him are astonishing. Indeed it is possible to build a picture of an identikit Miliband circle member to which most of them conform. Most have a degree in politics, philosophy [...]
This is my cover story from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. I will publish a related box shortly. Now is a good time to start considering what a future Labour government might look like. It is not certain when the next general election will be but the coalition government has completed at least half of [...]
This is a piece I wrote for Courtiers, a financial advice firm based in Henley. One of the few virtues of the Soviet Union was that it helped keep things simple. Economic and political debate essentially boiled down to a stark choice between capitalism and the Soviet model. Of course there was always some room [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. What was the defining development of the year? Sometimes the answer is obvious but for 2012 it takes more digging. In some years a turning point is so clear that the two become synonymous. For instance, 1989, the year the Berlin Wall was breached, [...]
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