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

The English Civil War and its Ongoing Legacy

I know the English Civil War started in 1642 and ended 9 years later so you’re probably thinking it can’t have much of a legacy now. I just think it might. In the 1580’s the cleric, Richard Hooker, often considered to have written Britain’s first philosophical treatise, ‘The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity’ wrote  [Book 1… Read more

The Inclusive Development Index

At Progressive Pulse we have never been a fan of GDP or GDP per capita as a measure of the economic well-being of a country. There has been some discussion regarding median income being a very useful measure. A better measure perhaps is the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) which is billed as “a measure of… Read more