Monthly Archives: October 2020

Conservative Economic Policies 2010-20: The FTSE 100’s Judgement

The FTSE 100 index lists Britain’s largest companies by capitalisation, it’s dynamic reflecting the state and shape of the economy. Some sectors are over represented but the FTSE is what it is.* The FTSE reflects creative destruction with the old … Continue reading

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The very first ‘Boycott’: Ireland 1880

Boycott described his travails in a letter to the editor of the Times of London: On the 22d of September a process-server, escorted by a police force of 17 men, retreated on my house for protection, followed by a howling … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert J Shiller ~ Narrative Economics: How stories go viral & drive major economic events (2019)

Shiller is a rock-star economist, Nobel Prize winner with an intellectual fan club. His books, lectures and interviews are eagerly looked forward to and this book is no exception. Unfortunately it’s a let down. The book reads like a series … Continue reading

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Harold Wilson: Britain’s greatest prime minister post-1945

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The Royal Navy’s Final Delusion

Currently Trident missilesubmarines and Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers are being built for tens of billion pounds. Neither have a strategic purpose. Britain can’t initiateor repulseconflict independently. Since the Falklands war in 1982, all eleven conflicts where Britain has fought have … Continue reading

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A response to the Depression in the USA 1930s

The massive unemployment set off serious social problems. For example, in the United States it caused the forced deportation (then called repatriation) of a million workers of Mexican origin. The goal was to free up jobs for “real” Americans.31 The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sven Hassel ~ The Legion of the Dead (Translator: Maurice Michael) (1957)

Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet On The Western Front (1929)was the greatest anti-war book to emerge from the trenches of the first world war. Hassel’s book is in the same class.* It’s compelling style is deeply suggestive of fictionalised autobiography, … Continue reading

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A quip from Matt LeBlanc [a star of Friends]

Why do you have to break up with her? Be a man. Just stop calling.

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Two West Point* Speeches and American Foreign Policy

The USA is the self-selected ‘policeman’ of the world. This has led to it being involved in conflicts every year since 2000. Consequently a significant part of the annual budget is devoted to military spending. Symbolic of this are two … Continue reading

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