Archive for November, 2010

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. It is more technical than usual. There are many things for which Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, can be justly criticised. Her argument that private sector bondholders should have to accept losses is not one of them. Many European leaders attacked Merkel for precipitating the latest Irish […]

I was interviewed for, an Irish news website, by Jason Walsh. Although we did not specifically talk about the Irish economy the recent crisis obviously provided the backdrop to the discussion.

A “happiness app” for iPhones is now available in America (at and Britain (at – linked to the Movement for Happiness). After you fill in some basic questions for statistical purposes you are sent regular text messages asking how you are feeling and what you are doing. The app evidently then generates a […]

Videos of the introductory speeches to my debate with Jonathon Porritt, one of Britain’s most prominent greens, in Newcastle are now available on the Great Debate website. More content is to come.

More coverage of Ferraris for All outside Britain.  I will have an article (in Dutch) arguing the case for economic progress in the December edition of Ode magazine. in the Netherlands. It is part of a cover package that includes a piece by Marco Visscher, Ode’s managing editor, on the need for high expectations in […]

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), one of Britain’s most influential think tanks, has set up a programme on what it calls “new era economics”. Its researchers will work alongside a panel of 16 experts including Aditya Chakrabortty, Charles Leadbeater, David Marquand, Diane Coyle, John Kay, Paul Ormerod, Robert Rowthorn and Robin Murray. There will also […]

Evidently Oxfam GB is planning a campaign on “food justice in a resource constrained world”. It is unlikely to be blatantly Malthusian in the sense of openly advocating population control. However, it looks set to start from the Malthusian premise of natural limits to economic growth.

I should have realised this earlier but evidently growth scepticism is being preached to kids too. David Walliams, better known as a comic actor, was on BBC Breakfast yesterday talking about his new children’s book, Billionaire Boy.  According to his publisher: “Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, […]

A weird argument from David Blanchflower, often seen as one of Britain’s most radical economists, in an article on the Guardian website. As an alternative to the government’s economic strategy he argues: “(T)here is a better way – five or six years of 5% inflation does the job nicely. That way we get to inflate […]

Some helpful advice to those at the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy (Casse) who have just published a report called Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Why go to all the effort of organising a conference in Leeds and publishing a 132 page […]