Restricting housing supply

Channel 4’s Dispatches last night (7th November, 2016) Britain’s Homebuilding Scandal lays the blame for restricting housing supply firmly on developers – and much of the content is also here in the Telegraph, in a piece written by the Channel 4 presenter, Liam Halligan It’s time to get building: Sajid Javid pledges to break the… Continue reading Restricting housing supply

Adam Smith on neo-liberals

I’m currently reading Simon Schama’s “Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution”. It would be superfluous to add to general praise it has won since publication nearly 30 years ago, but for what it’s worth, here’s the NYT review of it. This blog is merely triggered by his account of Turgot’s 1776 economic policy disaster.  Constraints… Continue reading Adam Smith on neo-liberals

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The Pru 100

Unlike Team Sky on the Champs Elysées, we’d not practised this for crossing the finishing line, which is why we both look a bit worried.  A week on, Annie is off travelling, and I’m catching up with my life post retirement, with a blog about the whole experience, and thanking everyone who sponsored me, on… Continue reading The Pru 100

My tuppence worth on Brexit

Three days to go, with all the debate going on, I wonder what contribution I can make other than voting – to Remain – on Thursday.  I have helped with a few local leafleting sessions, and twice some some StrongerIn phone banking.  This evening and Wednesday I hope to be doing some door knocking locally,… Continue reading My tuppence worth on Brexit

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John Kay on Mervyn King’s “The End of Alchemy”

Having already expressed my doubts about Mervyn King’s ideas on credit in his recent book, “The End of Alchemy”, I’m moved to comment on John Kay’s very positive review of it yesterday for the FT, The enduring certainty of radical uncertainty where for him the most important message was the stress on radical uncertainty. He… Continue reading John Kay on Mervyn King’s “The End of Alchemy”

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Mervyn King on credit

John Plender gives a warm review to Mervyn King’s recent book, The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy Uncertainty principles: ‘The End of Alchemy’, by Mervyn King concluding It is rare to encounter a book on economics quite as intellectually exhilarating as The End of Alchemy I’m not convinced, at… Continue reading Mervyn King on credit

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Does @TalkTalkCare?

This is a final attempt to get TalkTalk to contact me, and provide my father with the broadband connection he is paying them for. I struggle to find the words to describe how frustrating it is to talk to TalkTalk, but their customers seem to be locked into a Catch-22 – until the connection is… Continue reading Does @TalkTalkCare?

Cycling for Shelter with Annie

Years ago I used to go for long cycle rides, and do the occasional marathon or mountain marathon.  I’d think up the routes I wanted to cycle, and generally just do them, without any support, or specific training.  Working in an investment bank, I’d sometimes use them as ways of raising money for good causes,… Continue reading Cycling for Shelter with Annie

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Gene Gini

Alternatively, how much inequality would there be if all human lives were played out on an economically levelled playing field? I know it’s never going to happen, not least because economic winners, whether thanks to luck or talent, like to tilt the odds for the next generation by giving their children the benefit of their experience… Continue reading Gene Gini

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