This is my latest column for Fund Strategy It was so strange I had to pinch myself to check if I was having a bizarre nightmare. There was Michael Sandel, philosopher and celebrity academic, denouncing traded life policies – or what he called “death bonds” – on a BBC television programme. To make the package [...]
“The key question hanging over the West now is ‘how do you allocate pain?’”. These were the words of Gillian Tett, the US managing editor of the Financial Times and ubiquitous media presence, in last night’s BBC2 Newsnight programme (six days left to view). As a description of the current mindset of the western elites [...]
Today I appeared on the Russia Today TV channel to discuss the significance of the appointment of Christine Lagarde as the new heard of the International Monetary Fund.
This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. One of the most peculiar aspects of contemporary political debate is the widespread insistence that free market ideas are dominant. Whether or not an economy based on such policies would be desirable it is a poor description of what actually exists. I was reminded about this prejudice [...]
My CrossTalk debate the future of the International Monetary Fund on the Russia Today television channel. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post it was beset with technical problems.
There have been several high profile items on happiness in the British media recently. This is probably partly to do with the imminent launch of Action for Happiness (previously to be know as the Movement for Happiness) and partly because of the nonsense idea that 26 January is the unhappiest day of the year (See [...]
The summing up of the 4 October debate on bankers’ bonuses in London is available to watch here. I am the last speaker.
Watch my interview with Reason TV.
I have unexpectedly stumbled across a fascinating BBC programme on the rise of environmentalism, and corresponding decline of scientific optimism, in Britain in the 1960s. When Britain Went Wild, programme three in Series 10 of the BBC Time Shift series, looked at the conservative side of the decade. While the 1960s is usually seen as [...]
A panel discussion of Ferraris for All, with me fielding questions from Worldwrite volunteers, has just appeared on the Worldbytes website. It is part of the citizen tv channels’ Don’t Shout at the Telly series in which experts are grilled on different subjects. I should remind readers that the phrase “Ferraris for all” was coined [...]
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