Archive for March, 2010

Once again the WWF is going through its annual ritual of calling on people to turn off their lights for one hour as a symbol of action against climate change. The move is a fitting gesture from an aristocratic organisation (including “HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands” as its first president and the “HRH Prince […]

Here is my comment from this week’s Fund Strategy. There is an almost universal misconception that the stockmarket experienced a technology bubble in the late 1990s, ­followed by a painful bust. This is simply untrue. Global stockmarkets did surge at that time only to slump soon after the start of the new decade. It is […]

spiked has published an article by me on the debate about British economic policy in the run-up to the British election. It aims to show how growth scepticism has damaging consequences for ordinary people. In this case it means that the British elite can only see austerity as a solution to Britain’s economic problems rather […]

Given that I come across far more interesting articles than I have time to write about I thought I would experiment with an occasional “articles of note” section. The idea is shamelessly copied from others including the American Situation blog. The no-growth fantasy, Newsweek, by Stefan Theil Spin, science and climate change. Economist. (subscription may […]

The thing that struck me most at yesterday’s Battle for Politics conference in London was how was that many experts have taken on the view that lessons from happiness research, psychology and neuroscience can be applied directly to politics. Speakers such as Professor Gerry Stoker and Matt Grist of the RSA’s Social Brain Project favoured […]

The best thing I listened to while the site was down was Ha-Joon Chang’s lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the narrowing of the vision of development. Chang, a reader in development economics at Cambridge University, explains how development used to be seen as a process of economic transformation: modernising the productive […]

The best television programme I saw while my site was down was undoubtedly  Julien Temple’s  Requiem for Detroit. It portrayed the city as epitomising the rise and fall of the American Dream in the twentieth century: mass production of the automobile, mass consumption, shopping malls, freeways, racial divisions, white flight, deindustrialisation and ending with the […]

The most bizarre story I read while my site was down was undoubtedly the tale of Corporal Katrina Hodge: also known as Combat Barbie, Miss England and Miss Eco. Hodge, a soldier who has served in Iraq, was runner-up in the Miss England competition last July. However, when the original winner was allegedly involved in […]

This is my comment from this week’s Fund Strategy. Headlines about a proposed high-speed rail network linking London and Scotland tell a tale of ambitious investment in transport infrastructure. The details tell a different story. It is hard not to get excited about a train that would travel at 250 miles per hour and link […]

After a long time promising I have finally got round to launching my new website – although there are still a few glitches to sort out. Its aim, like the original version, is to provide a point of reference for all those wanting to defend economic progress and prosperity against the sceptics. The new format […]