Archive for October, 2010

I will not be posting this weekend as I will be at the Battle of Ideas festival in London. Back on Monday.

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28 Oct 2010

The BBC has used the headline “Ferraris for all” on Rory Cellan-Jones’ blog post on the planned introduction of superfast broadband in Britain. By coincidence the technology writer is married to Diane Coyle who reviewed my book on her Enlightenment Economics blog and and gave it a testimonial.

The Chicago Climate Exchange, the pioneer of the idea of carbon trading, is to stop trading in carbon emissions allowances. This follows the failure of cap and trade legislation to pass in the senate in July. It will continue to trade in carbon offsets for at least two more years. Chicago’s problems follow a scandal […]

Today sees the opening of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. According to the attraction’s website: “Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. It is an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for families, fans and enthusiasts. The Park offers more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, […]

Lord Peter Mandelson, a former British business minister and European Union trade commissioner, has an entirely unoriginal opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal Europe headlined “Prosperity is more than just money”. He uses the release of the latest version of the Legatum Prosperity Index, for which he spoke at the launch, to make the […]

The latest programme in the BBC World Service’s One Planet series – a useful way of following environmental debates – was on the “taboo” subject of population. For me two things stood out: * John Guillebaud of the Optimum Population Trust was anxious to come across as an egalitarian and an opponent of coercion. He […]

My latest Fund Strategy cover story is on Real Clear Markets, an American economics and finance portal site.

My latest Fund Strategy cover story is a critique of the “new economics”.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. Both sides in the debate about the British economy’s future are living on forlorn hopes. Neither the free market nor the state provides any straightforward solution to the country’s woes. Those who use free market rhetoric suggest that the private sector will thrive once freed from the […]

I regret not having time to read many novels, let alone follow the literary scene, but it is hard to avoid the phenomenon that is Jonathan Franzen. He recently became the first living novelist to appear on the cover of Time magazine in a decade, where he talked about Freedom, his long-awaited novel. I was […]