Category Archives: Economy

The Morality of Tax

Tax avoidance has been a high-profile issue in the UK over the past six months or so. And more recently, it’s getting picked up in the US as Apple’s affairs get a bit of a grilling. But what I’ve been fascinated … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Wonga?

Wonga is a micro-finance company operating in the UK. They have the worst adverts that have ever been produced, and provide a service which no sane person would ever want. And yet they’re doing so well here that they’re branching … Continue reading

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Land of the Fair

Napoleon, it is said, derided the English a “nation of shopkeepers”. Although he picked up the phrase from Adam Smith, who used it in a slightly more complimentary fashion. And anyway, shortly after that whole spat, the industrial revolution really … Continue reading

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Recipes for Recession

How do you know when a nation is going through hard times? There are, of course, numerous signs. Unemployment hits record highs, particularly among the youth. Retail sales volumes decrease, in spite of the proximity to Christmas. Doom and gloom … Continue reading

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Ten Years On

There will, no doubt, be a lot said, written, and replayed regarding the ten-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Over the past week in the British press, there’s been a constant reference to it – whether it’s a focus … Continue reading

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Too much of a good thing

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the population density in England, and I hinted at something else worth writing about. Since there’s not much else on the go here (a two-day trip to Legoland is hardly worth a … Continue reading

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Peopled

Here’s a question you probably think you know the answer to: Which country has the higher population density – England, India or Japan? The obvious one for me would be Japan, which is notoriously overcrowded. But it’s not – and … Continue reading

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