At last! The Japanese speak out (but too late to stop disaster)

And so, at last, members of one of the major manufacturing sectors in the UK – Japanese car makers – backed up by their government, meet with our powerless Prime Minister to publicly express their concern at the direction in which Brexit is heading. In so doing they unambiguously emphasise that should it come to… Read more

Real news, not views

This interesting letter will soon be arriving on the BBC Director General’s desk. If you listen to the ‘Today’ programme you will know they now occasionally review ‘Buzzfeed’ and the ‘Huffington Post’ as well as the more traditional press. It is indeed a notable omission that they don’t ever review the ‘New European’, though it… Read more

Bordering on Madness?

There are about twice (some estimates say over 3 times) as many border crossings between Northern Ireland and the Republic than the entire eastern border of the EU from Finland, through the Baltic States, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.  This startling statistic does not seem credible but click on this link for more detail…. Read more

Jubilee Shares

The Guardian has a current headline: “Stock market turmoil: All eyes on the Dow after $4tn wiped off global shares.” A shame, probably for our private pension, if we have one. Yet nobody has actually lost $4tn though one or two might have lost something if they needed to sell in a declining market. It… Read more

BoM February 2018

Our February book of the Month is Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, currently the best selling book globally and with the film rights already sold. Since its release Wolff’s book has provoked fierce debate and denial, leading Trump to claim that he hardly knew who Wolff was (they have… Read more

Perhaps this report is greatly exaggerated:

But if reports of death are premature then surely both leavers and remainers are beginning to realise that Brexit is failing as an idea. As Simon Wren Lewis has said “Brexit is fantastical. There is nothing about the case for Brexit that is based in reality. This is why everything Brexiters say is either nonsense… Read more

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Wake up America! Trumpism and the road to Putin’s ‘managed’ democracy (a warning from history)

We all know by now that Trump and anyone on his ‘team’ – which includes almost every Republican member of Congress – are extremely uncomfortable talking about anything to do with Russia. Indeed, so all encompassing is this phobia that the President still finds it impossible to admit that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections,… Read more

The Centre for Cities

  I admit it in some respects I’m a data geek, but had not come across the centre or cities before. This is full of data and has maps such as Fig. 1 and quick facilities to compare many parameters such as housing affordability ratio as in Fig.2, quickly selecting the best and the worst… Read more

Funny money

There was a very listenable recent Radio 4 comedy programme ‘Simon Evans goes to Market on -Philanthropy’ where one of the contributors, Tim Harford, broadcast the damning quote by the future President Roosevelt on Rockefeller’s desire to create a charitable foundation. “No amount of charity in spending such fortunes can compensate in any way for… Read more