Markets

Getting a grip of the crisis

21 July 2011 9:33

“I’m very worried, this building [the Treasury] is very worried and this government is very worried,” said George Osborne of…

Euro crisis enters a new phase

19 July 2011 10:57

It was a problem that would be fixed with a snap of the Commissioners’ manicured fingers, but now fresh euro-storms…

Yes, There Is A War on Drugs. Part XIV.

21 June 2011 13:46

On the one hand, it’s good that Ed Vulliamy is in the Guardian today highlighting the appalling miseries of the…

Lords: government not championing European single market "strongly"

5 April 2011 10:43

Tucked away in an old building, where few people knows of its existence, lives one of the most important parliamentary…

Clegg defines his liberalism

13 March 2011 15:20

I do feel for Nick Clegg. He’s taken an oppositionalist party into government, and they hate it. He is politically…

Blame Twitter for the increased oil prices

2 March 2011 16:46

The BBC are reporting that unleaded petrol has now reached 130p per litre and areblaming Libya. I¹m not convinced. Libya…

The Tuition Fees Stramash and Why Nick Clegg is Like George HW Bush

9 December 2010 15:11

The absurdity and knavery of modern politics has been on full display during the “debate” about university tuition fees. So…

The problem for Gove is that structures beget standards

24 November 2010 17:59

As you’d expect, Michael Gove’s White Paper is a feast of good sense. His speech in the Commons was powerful…

The Long Arm of the Global Financial Crisis

15 October 2010 20:35

It reaches everywhere. This from a guy just released having serving two years for armed robbery: I joked to my…

Cable shows his true colours

22 September 2010 9:07

‘[Capitalism] takes no prisoners and it kills competition where it can’. ‘Markets are often irrational or rigged.’ A snob would describe…

GP Commissioning will be good for patients and the NHS

13 July 2010 17:58

Quite why people are surprised that Andrew Lansley has stuck to his plans to introduce GP Commissioning is a mystery. …

Ducking the issue?

12 July 2010 17:59

As I wrote earlier, a large proportion of Andrew Lansley’s white paper had to be devoted to accountability. Much of…

The need for speed

7 May 2010 18:23

The markets have spoken, and they’ve done so with menace. The FTSE 100 closed down 138 points, which, though not…

Whitehall’s hung parliament contingency plans vindicate Tory alarm over the economy

31 March 2010 9:12

There it is. The Tories’ premier weapon emblazoned across the front pages of the Guardian and the Telegraph: Brown could…

Mr Blond goes to Washington

19 March 2010 15:51

The Red Tory, Phillip Blond, is spreading the faith in the States. The New York Times’s David Brooks is impressed,…

The Mephedrone Panic is an Argument for Ending Prohibition

19 March 2010 13:36

Nikhil Arora at the ASI makes a good and necessary point in response to the mephedrone moral panic: Realising the…

Survive the World Cup in Style…

13 January 2010 20:28

Because everything is a market opportunity, here’s a perfect gift for any friend going to the World Cup this summer.…

Pirate Markets

2 December 2009 18:24

Capitalism is not in crisis everywhere. Somali pirates have launched their own stock exchange: One wealthy former pirate named Mohammed…

Organ Markets: Still Needed

8 October 2009 2:29

This is why we need an organ market: The number of people agreeing to donate their organs after death is…

Wedding Crashers in Japan

21 September 2009 17:13

I don’t pretend to understand Japan at all, but while this may seem rather funny, it’s surely also terribly melancholy:…