Sugar tax own goal

We may now have the sugar tax, but of course what most of the soft drink suppliers have done is substitute other sweeteners for sugar (which we have consumed for about 500 years). I’m unaware of any trials that suggest the alternative sweeteners are in fact either any better or even good for us at… Read more

Why is the UK rejecting the NI Backstop?

I seem to be obsessed with the border recently. I would love to get back to looking at new economics, Modern Monetary Theory, tax,  the optimal balance between the public and private sector spending and the myriad other difficulties afflicting modern Britain. We are also way behind on Book of the Month so suggestions please!… Read more

Ready to Eat – or not?

We should not forget that “Prêt à manger” actually means “Ready to eat”. Calling it PRET disguises the idea, though I’m sure those that work for them have rarely, if indeed ever, thought about their origins. So they completely lost the philosophy of the company name when a poor girl succumbed to her allergy. We… Read more

Northern Ireland and the Humpty Dumpty World of Schrödinger’s Cats

Note: this article is a co-publication with the award winning Slugger O’Toole portal as the first in the Future Ireland series. ____________ Apparently you follow the rabbit down a hole and you emerge in a wonderland …. Ken Clarke – House of Commons “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful… Read more

The next financial meltdown …

Another Radio 4 programme “The next financial meltdown” should have been of interest – and it was, vaguely. But none of the high profile people included – and most were certainly intelligent – seem to know where money comes from. Or even if, perhaps, they do, they do not acknowledge it. The best commentary came… Read more

Bankrupt Legislation

An interesting programme last night on Radio 4 about bankruptcy – something to which I have been close for about 5 years or so of my life. What disaster befell me? Just a corrupt solicitor, who unfortunately deceived me. He went to jail in due course – and I doubt he enjoyed it as he… Read more