Archive for December, 2012

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24 Dec 2012

A Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to all my readers. I’ll be back in January.

This is the video of my debate on “Why isn’t poverty history yet” at the Battle of Ideas festival in London in October (Jonathan Portes, pictured). Thanks to Worldwrite for producing the video and in particular for cutting out the background noise of birds tweeting in the Barbican Centre auditorium.

The counter-attack has begun. High profile experts are using robots to fight back against the claim that technological innovation has slumped. Paul Krugman, a New York Times (NYT) columnist and Nobel laureate, is the best known. In his column on December 9 he argued that “there’s no question that in some high-profile industries, technology is […]

This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. What was the defining development of the year? Sometimes the answer is obvious but for 2012 it takes more digging. In some years a turning point is so clear that the two become synonymous. For instance, 1989, the year the Berlin Wall was breached, […]

This is my latest book review for the FT Wealth section of the Financial Times. Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics, by Daniel Stedman Jones, Princeton University Press, 2012, RRP£24.95 Few appreciate the enigmatic character of free market thinking. The free market has its ardent admirers and its fierce […]

This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Standing in the middle of Frankfurt’s Weinachtsmarkt, its Christmas market, it is easy to see why many Brits envy aspects of what others still view as The Old Enemy. Crowds happily mill around in the cold fortified by alcoholic drinks such as Feuerzangenbowle (literally […]

This is my Perspective column from last week. Apologies for the delay in posting it but I have had severe technical problems. The prime minister seems to have a new approach to dealing with Britain’s economic crisis: Do Mention the War. David Cameron recently told the Confederation of British Industry annual conference that recreating the […]

This is my review of Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats for the November edition of the spiked review of books. How do mere millionaires feel about the increasing number and power of billionaires in the world? A proper answer to this question provides many revealing insights into contemporary politics. It is not only those with normal bank […]

This is a profile interview I did in November for Headline Money; a service for financial journalists. This week, freelance journalist and author Daniel Ben-Ami describes himself as outwardly calm but inwardly anxious as a deadline approaches, says he’d prefer it if regulation could be kept to the ‘minimum necessary’ when it comes to overseeing the […]

This is my Fundweb blog post from 30 November (before the Autumn Statement). Apologies for the delay in posting it but I have had severe technical problems in the past couple of weeks. A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a highly respected think tank, gives some useful pointers on what next week’s Autumn […]