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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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Radio Address by Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister, September 3, 1939

I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10, Downing Street. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final Note stating that unless we heard from them by 11 0’clock that they were … Continue reading

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Hitler’s declaration of war on the USA, 11th December 1941

Deputies, Men of the German Reichstag! A year of events of historical significance is drawing to an end. A year of the greatest decisions lies ahead. In these serious times, I speak to you, Deputies of the German Reichstag, as to … Continue reading

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An old blue song book

In a pile of old papers Just tossed aside Not even considered Bereft now, of any pride. Bought, after the war Cut price at threepence Words to one-hundred songs Lost to its world of credence. Some remembered song of yesterday … Continue reading

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