Insight into the pandemic shutdown

The new virus news emerging from China in December 2018, risk-averse financial markets were alert to its potential for disruption. Yet they could never have predicted the total economic collapse that would follow Covid-19’s wake, as stock markets fell faster and harder than at any time since 1929, currencies across the world plunged, investors panicked…

“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…

Rise of autocracy in the name of democracy

  How a popularly elected leader and tea boy has steered the world’s largest democracy toward authoritarianism and intolerance. Narendra Modi, Hindu nationalism has been coupled with a form of national populism that has ensured its success at the polls, first in the western state of Gujarat and then in India at large- Modi managed…

Out of Afghanistan

On Sunday as the Taliban took over Kabul, the capital, the US state department announced that all US embassy staff had been evacuated to Hamid Karzal International Airport which was under US military control. People are scared and think things could go wrong at any moment. The face-covering was mandatory for all women under Taliban…

Taming China’s grand strategy

Zhao Lijian, who has 1 million followers on Twitter and legions of supporters inside China, was slapped down by hi superiors although he was the spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, quoted on Twitter in March that  “the Covid-19 virus had originated in the US and suggested that Washington was engaged in a cover-up. When did…

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…

Spoon full of sugar could cost lot more

Nany-state scheme would cost shoppers £4.8billion a year according to John O’Connell head of the  Taxpayer’s alliance who said “ This is yet another case of middle-class meddling that will hit the poorest families hardest”. The processed food market is valued £200 billion and the food and drink service sector is close to 70 billion.…

“ I am not going to walk around with my tail between my legs” Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro, is a low profile congressman for decades, former soldier and Army captain surprisingly won the 2018 Brazilian election, as the rise and rule of his nationalist, pro-business chauvinist, environmentally sceptical administration. The divisive presidential campaign saw fake news and misinformation shared with Bolsonaro’s tens of millions of social media followers. Bolsonaro promised simple…