Category Archives: Finance

The Purchase of Commissions in the British Army, 1683-1871

The 17th century was transformative. It began with the attempted assassination of James I and ended with a successful invasion and three quasi-legitimate monarchs. The century included three civil wars, the execution of a king, a warrior class seizing power, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mike Davis ~ Planet of Slums (2006)

For a smug Westerner like me this book is a punch in the face. Britain is currently, September 2022, obsessed by massive increases in energy bills. I too whine and demand support from the government to maintain my entitlements. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Decisions! Decisions!

Jim: How much to have this tooth pulled? Dentist: £100 Jim: £100 for a few minutes work? Dentist: Well, I can work very slowly if you want.

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A Conservative economic triumph: a new Food Bank

Source https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/11/kent-dartford-tory-council-leader-tucks-into-buffet-at-food-bank-16627415/

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Rishi Sunak: Scourge of the Middle Classes

Chancellor Sunak has increased taxation from income, which will alienate Conservative middle-class voters. Problem? No way. Adroit political footwork and the magic of inflation will square the political circle. Quietly, without fanfare, and with deadly efficiency Sunak created additional income … Continue reading

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Mugged by Rishi Sunak

Millions of Britons1 will be dragged into paying more income tax after a punishing Government freeze on thresholds, the Office for Budget Responsibility has warned.  A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research commissioned by The Mail on Sunday … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson cashes a cheque

Boris needs to cash a cheque and approaching the cashier says, “Good morning, could you cash this cheque for me?” “It’s my pleasure. But first I need to see ID?” “I didn’t think that was necessary. I’m the Prime Minister.”” … Continue reading

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An Arnold Schwarzenegger quip

Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million.

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Gambling as an Investment Option

Combining ‘Gambling’ and ‘Investment’ appears to be bizarre. After all, gambling involves unpredictable risk and the loss of all of your capital in one fell swoop. Investment, on the other hand, breathes the heady air of prudence and safety. This … Continue reading

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Amy Poehler comments on Warren Buffett

“Despite enormous fluctuations in the Dow Jones average this week, billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced Friday that he will continue to invest in the stock market during the current financial crisis. So remember, everyone, this is no time to panic, … Continue reading

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