Is No Deal is vastly Under Priced and will the Johnson Government Ditch the Backstop?

Introduction The Johnson premiership has begun. The tortuously negotiated Withdrawal Agreement (WA) is hated by the new government. There are contradictory signals, and it is unsure what changes could be made to make the WA acceptable to HMG. We seem to have moved from a time limit on the Backstop to no Backstop. Even if… Read more

The Atlas of Economic Complexity and UK and Irish Exports over the past decade

Introduction Previously the MIT based Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC) has featured in PP posts, but another  resource (Harvard), the Atlas of Economic Complexity, (AEC) has not. It is a useful trade resource and well worth exploring as it seems to have more visualisation options than the OEC. Much of the underlying data is the… Read more

The David McWilliams Podcast

Introduction Prof David McWilliams is an Irish economist, broadcaster and author and has recently launched a new podcast. McWilliams is ranked as one of the World’s most influential economists according to rise.global. The podcast is not wholly about Ireland and diverse topics are discussed. What is interesting is that McWilliams is very much on the… Read more

BoM June 2019

Our June book of the Month is the Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey. Dorian is the producer of the excellent Remaniacs Podcast and there is a brief interview with the author in podcast 118: Anarchy in the UK EU elections aftermath special. Dorian has not been on his own in noting that in age… Read more

BoM May 2019

Our May book of the month is Fintan O’Toole’s Heroic Failure – The Delusions of Brexit. Fintan O’Toole’s book appeared some months ago and is an analysis of some of the myths surrounding Brexit and the deep hold it had on the English psyche. This was in the context of the Brexit referendum. With the… Read more