Gradening vital to British economy

    Acknowledging the contributions of gardens to our mental and physical wellbeing and often the economic benefits are often overlooked, economic historian Roderick Floud steers to put it right in his latest book “An Economic History of the English Garden”.  This is the first book to question how much gardens and gardening have cost, and…

Why America gave up on Free Markets

Economist Philippon uses detailed evidence to argue that  far from being the home of the free market competition, the US today has less competition than the much maligned EU, particularly in its products markets which are riddled with monopoly and monopsony. Declining competition has raised profits, depressed wages, weakened investment and undermined productivity growth. The…

Age of Robots: How automation control our work, wealth and welfare

Mr Bootle the chairman of Capital Economics argues that the automation and advances in AI will be a huge positive influence in our lives in the coming future and economic effects of artificial intelligence may not be as different from those of previous technological transformations as many suppose, that the speed with which the changes…

Clinton snubs Thatcher

According to Hillary Clinton’s latest book  “Margaret Thatcher did not deserve a place in the book about history’s gutsiest women because she failed to make a positive difference for others” The former first Lady is touring the UK promoting  “ “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience” , which she co-wrote with…

Indian stocks wobbled after Moody’s lowering outlook to negative

Indian stocks wobbled on their record hype after the New York based credit rating agency, Moody’s lowered its outlook for the country to negative, citing concern over a deepening economic slowdown and insufficient government action. According to Moody “ the government’s inability to manage the slowdown, which has seen growth in gross domestic product fall…

Fall of Thatcher, her changes to divide Britain

  A conspiracy removed Margaret Thatcher states Charles Moore almost in slow motion. The volume starts in 1987 with Thatcher’s third general election victory covers  her fall from power in 1990, and her subsequent decline.  In the previous two volumes Moore has worked 20 years covering her childhood  and early years, then her first victory…

Government’s cruel injustice to the Windrush immigrants

The Guardian newspaper investigative journalist Amelia Gentleman, received an email from a charity with a message describing how the UK government was trying to deport a 61-year-old grandmother who had arrived from Jamaica aged 10, but had no documents to prove that she had entered Britain legally. Months of investigation revealed that this was not…

Rich and diverse civilization

A Tunisian friend of Justin Marozzi told him, “I’m embarrassed to be an Arab these days. Everywhere you look there’s chaos, fighting, bloodshed, dictatorship, corruption, injustice, unemployment. The only thing we’re leading the world in is terrorism”. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its…

Controversial years of early 1980s

The Labour Party under the leadership of Michael Foot  with the “longest suicide note in history” Labour’s 1983 election manifesto was deeply unpopular and it felt like a turning point in British politics. Margaret Thatcher had came power in 1979 with a daring plan to reverse Britain’s decline into shabbiness and chaos, as factories closed…