“Am I Not a Man and a Brother”? Josiah Wedgwood – the Radical Potter

Josiah Wedgwood, the greatest English potter who ever lived, epitomised the best of his age, from his kilns and workshops  in Stoke-on-Trent, which revolutionised the production of ceramics in Georgian Britain by marrying technology with design, manufacturing and efficiency and retail flair. He was responsible for transforming the luxury markets not only of London, Liverpool,…

Keep Buggering on

Winston Churchill’s slogan “Keep Buggering On” became a national catchphrase during the Second World War. Duncan Weldon from The Economist highlights key themes from his brisk history of Britain’s economy since the industrial revolution, taking in everything from the South Sea Bubble to the impact of the financial crisis. According to Weldon the same issues…

Antwerp’s golden heydays of fortune and wheels of trade

  In 1940, dealers agents  thronged  the then Netherlands port would enclose price lists for goods or loans on the City’s Exchange, the Beurs, along with correspondence to their clients. Pyke captures the intrigue, opportunity, chaos, scandal and nonconformist spirit of the sixteenth century Antwerp with exquisite narrative zeal. A clerk for van den  Molen…

Jeans and fashion’s greed for cheap clothes

This is the story of jeans from  cotton plant nested in the soil to the flares hanging in your wardrobes. A revealing book about the birth and death of jeans that exposes the fractures of our global supply chains, and our relationships to each other, ourselves and the planet. Did you buy your jeans on…

Last Flight to freedom

Part Lebanese, part Brazilian citizen Carlos Ghosn, made the escape of his life at 10:30pm on a cold December night in 2019, by slipping unnoticed through the streets of Tokyo, with the help of a large music equipment box to smuggled him out of Japan and the elation he felt when he landed in his…

US tax code has one rule for the rich and another for the rest

Seventy one per cent of Americans believe the economy is rigged in favour of the rich starting with tax code. Former BlackRock executive Morris Pearl, the millionaire chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and Erica Payne, the organization’s founder, reveals and engaging and enlightening insider’s tour of th nations tax code, explaining how “the rich” manipulate…

OxyContin the wonder drug  which found eager audiences

Three generations of the Sackler dynasty and their roles in the stories of the opioid Valium, and Opioid OxyContin, revealing misery, greed and pliant regulators and the abuse of philanthropy. Patrick Radden Keefe, a New Yorker writer and prize-winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing, reveals the inside story. In 1980s, a small UK drugs company…

Budget 2021- Sunak’s support for Covid-19 totals £407bn

“Coronavirus has caused the largest and most sustained economic shocks in this country has ever faced,” Sunak said Furlough scheme extended until the end of September along with VAT cut for hardest-hit sectors to boost the hospitality and tourism industries over the summer. The government will maintain its support for the self-employed, with grants handed…

Corporate America and China

Clyde Prestowitz who worked for President Ronald Regan, and renowned globalisation and Asian expert has advised subsequent US administrations offers useful advice for Joe Biden the new American 46th president to adopt, as resetting US relations with China will be one of his top agenda. The strategies that the United States and its allies can…

How to Make Britain Great again

Respected financial journalist Alex Brummer and Brexit supporter was offering an argument for optimism in his must read book The Great British Reboot, and offers a manifesto for how to re-engineer the UK economy. Brummer’s  prescriptions align with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s political prospectus, despite the gap between strategy and implementation remains wide apart. His analysis of…