Monthly Archives: April 2011

Why I’m not a republican

Here’s something to try on your friends next time you’re in the pub or at a dinner party. Let’s assume that, at some time in your life, you will fall foul of the authorities in a foreign country. The good … Continue reading

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What are you without your company’s brand?

“If you take away the brand, what are this company’s strengths?” I asked senior managers from a firm with high-profile name. They looked at me gone out, as my gran used to say. It had never occurred to them to ask … Continue reading

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Mene mene tekel upharsin!

The IMF dropped a bombshell over the weekend. It predicted that China’s economy would overtake America’s in 2016, a decade or so earlier than most previous predictions. Has the IMF suddenly discovered some new data? Has the impact of the financial crisis … Continue reading

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Taureans – we’re really nice people…honest!

After yesterday’s data-heavy post, something a bit more light-hearted for the Thursday before a bank holiday weekend. Now we all know that astrology is a load of rubbish. It’s a lot of superstitious mumbo-jumbo with no evidence base whatsoever. Anyone caught … Continue reading

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The public debt – why it’s different this time

Peter Hoskin and Éoin Clarke were knocking lumps out of each other last week about whether debt and debt repayments were worse under John Major than they are now. At least they were knocking lumps out of each other with numbers and bar … Continue reading

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The Notts County scam – why curiosity is important in business

I’m still reeling from watching last night’s Panorama programme. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s well worth watching on iPlayer. It told the story of a convicted fraudster who conned, in roughly this order, an investment bank, Notts County’s owners, … Continue reading

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The State – Old Fashioned Father or Modern Dad?

Anne McElvoy is annoyed with Islington council. It has told her she has to recycle her food waste to help the council save money and that, if she doesn’t, she will be fined. Her irritation seems to be not so much with … Continue reading

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