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Podcast: the next financial disaster, MPs quitting and sinister men in sunglasses

24 July 2014

9:15 AM

24 July 2014

9:15 AM

Think we’ve done enough to avoid another financial crisis? Think again, says Liam Halligan. Sure, there’s no shortage of commentators (and stockbrokers) insisting the outlook is rosy and share prices will keep on rising. But alarming evidence is amassing that the global recovery is shaky, stock markets are over-hyped and large western banks remain a serious liability. Liam discusses his Spectator cover piece on this week’s podcast with Adam Memon, Head of Economic Research at the Centre for Policy Studies.

Over in Westminster, it’s holiday time for MPs. In his round up of the political scene, James Forsyth suggests a worrying trend has emerged: many of the ministers who quit during the  reshuffle simultaneously declared that they would stand down from the Commons at the next election. It’s as if they saw little point in being an MP if they were not a minister. James discusses this with Paul Goodman, editor of Conservative Home.

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And finally, should we trust men who wear sunglasses (and have beards)? Mark Mason thinks wearing shades indicates you are a thoroughly shady character. Ed Cumming, the Observer Magazine’s commissioning editor, begs to differ.

 

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  • http://www.military.com/spouse/military-deployment/reintegration/returning-to-home-life-after-deployment.html Jeffrey Dowling

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  • misomiso

    It comes back to Immigration.

    There is not an issue that divides the public from the political class more, and the inability for the political class to deal with the Freedom of movement is why people dont respect them.

    For the public they have seen their communities and the country change, while the political / media class are insulated.

    The politicians answer now is that we cant do anything becasue of Europe. That’s not good enough in a democracy.

  • http://www.military.com/spouse/military-deployment/reintegration/returning-to-home-life-after-deployment.html Jeffrey Dowling

    Thanks to Dr Brave for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family?

    Hello to every one out here, am here to share the unexpected miracle that happened to me three days ago, My name is Jeffrey Dowling,i live in TEXAS,USA.and I`m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she did not love me anymore So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.(bravespellcaster@gmail.com}, So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day what an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who did not call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster . So, was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster . So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com,if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to Dr Brave for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com} , Thanks.

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    DO YOU NEED YOUR EX BACK VERY FAST

    DON YOU WANT YOUR LOVER TO LOVE YOU AS NEVER LIKE BEFORE

    ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM A LONG TIME SICKNESS

    ARE YOU FACING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

    ARE YOU SEEKING FOR A GOOD JOB

    DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A HOUSE OWNER

    ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A FIRST CLASS GRADE

    DO YOU WANT TO COME OUT FIRST IN YOUR EXAMS

    ARE YOU A STAR AND YOU WANT TO BE SO POPULAR TO THE WHOLE WORLD

    DO YOU WANT TO BE RICH

    DO YOU WANT YOUR BUSINESS TO KEEP MOVING

    DO YOU HAVE A COMPANY OF ANY KIND AND YOU WANT IT TO EXPAND

    DO YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE TO KEEP TO YOUR WORLD

    ARE YOU FACING ANY MARITAL PROBLEMS

    ARE YOU FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO GET PREGNANT FOR YOUR HUSBAND

    ARE YOU EXPERIENCING MISCARRIAGES ANY TIME YOU TAKE IN

    DO YOU WANT TO COMPETE IN ANY LOTTERY GAME

    ARE YOU FACING HARDSHIP

    HAVE YOU BEEN THREATENED BY SOMEONE

    DO YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ANY THING YOU LAY YOUR HANDS ON

    IS YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER BEHAVING STRANGELY

    ARE YOU FACING WITCH CRAFT MANIPULATIONS

    DO YOU WANT TO CAST A STRONG LOVE SPELL ON YOUR GIRL OR BOY FRIEND

    DO YOU NEED MAGIC POWERS TO DO ANY THING YOU WANT

    ARE YOU FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE A LIFE PARTNER

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    • John Clegg

      Polite cough! Speccie moderaters, are you awake!!

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  • Magnolia

    I have a lot of time for Liam because he thinks about the behaviour of human societies in economics.
    We have all been wondering how the debt bomb will end.
    Will it be a mere sparkler and firework as the western workers adapt to emerging market standards of living in this globalised society or will it be the equivalent of a nuclear explosion?
    The limits of democracy are being challenged by political parties which are all gravitating towards the left wing spectrum.
    We know that this is a dead end so presumably we will eventually hit the brick wall.
    I believe that manufacturing and physical jobs have to come back because there has to be work for the workers to do if we cannot pay them benefit. There will be far more localism and the ascendancy of the family unit again but before that we will have to negotiate the civil wars between the country dwellers and the city folk, the intergenerational wars between the young and old and the frictions between the established and the newly implanted.
    We will all become as hard as nails.

  • Colonel Mustard

    “Leadership” is now a euphemism for control. “Strong leadership” is a Labour party euphemism for the increasing control of Big Nanny (personified by Harmthenation) and interfering in all the pleasures of life that it can think of:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28457108

    Taxing betting.

    Wedge. Thin. Edge.

    But the Neo-Puritans and socialist killjoys will love it. No wonder they find so much common cause with Islam.

    • Chris Morriss

      Betting is pleasurable? People who bet seem to be of two sorts. 99% who are simply innumerate and cannot understand statistics, and 1% who are very numerate indeed and know what is required to minimise their losses, and possibly even get a slight profit over time.

      • Colonel Mustard

        A great many people enjoy a flutter on the Grand National and I don’t think they consider it to be an unpleasant experience even when they lose. Nor do I believe the innumerate (or even an “illiterate horde”) cannot experience pleasure from betting. I think one can draw a distinction between what one might enjoy doing and what is good for one despite Labour’s eagerness to regulate the one on the basis of the other.

        But really my comment was about Labour and their more general trend towards deciding what is “acceptable” and what needs to be demonised in order to squeeze money from it to pay for their destructive social engineering. See Trant’s comment for an example of this where the “Flutterer’s Tax” (© Col Mustard) is peddled as a righteous (and no doubt right on) means to punish nasty Russian/Tory oligarchs/bankers etc.

    • Rhoda Klapp8

      Colonel, this is what I’ve been trying to get at on the fatty and burqa threads. You see something, you are revulsed, you want to ban it. So do I, probably. But your rational brain justifies the instinctive revulsion in terms of cost to the NHS, or victimisation of women/need to see their eyes or gambling harm/money-laundering/fat bankers/terrorists. It’s all bogus. Even if you don’t like something people do freely, you don’t have some pervasive moral right to ban it unless it is harmful to actual others (not in some hypothetical case your rational brain kicks up).

      I’ve been unable to convince anybody of this, even otherwise right-thinkers here want to ban things.

    • you_kid

      I have no issue whatsoever with taxing betting if that paid for a few more good (free) schools.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Aaaargh! The loony on the bus has come and sat next to me!

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