British government to host summit on why other countries should join the EU

I am grateful to the ‘Independent’ for this piece of toe curling news. “London will in July play host to Western Balkans governments including Serbia and Albania, as well as existing EU member states, to discuss reforms to pave the way to future EU enlargement.” Apparently the Foreign Office said “We remain of the view… Read more

On Ypres and Poppies

I was fortunate to be able to take part in the Great peace run and walk in Ypres recently. I have no relatives who fought in the first world war, they thought it a war between Imperial powers, but I thought it was immensely valuable for my 13 year old son in particular to take… Read more

BoM May 2018

Our May book of the month is Tony Connelly’s Brexit and Ireland. We have previously featured  Ian Dunt’s, Brexit: What the hell happens now? so why another Brexit book? The answer is that Tony’s book is different in that there is not just an examination of the facts but also a much greater examination of… Read more

What price financial secrecy, when God knows our innermost thoughts? – a guest post by Andy Crow

At the risk of cross-referencing within the echo chamber, Richard Murphy on his Tax Research UK blog responds to suggestions that reordering the terms of financial secrecy jurisdictions is liable to promote a rash of kidnappings affecting wealthy individuals. The squealing of the piggies is loud and plaintive. ‘What about our privacy?’ they cry. OK,… Read more