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Facebook wants regulation because it wants to strangle new ideas

There are many motivations for starting a company, but most of them involve having an idea. It might not be an original one, but that idea is what fuels the company. That idea is a way of providing a service or a product that will be successful and have demand. You might have an idea...

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Brexit isn’t threatening our constitution, Theresa May is.

It’s easy to say we are going through a constitutional crisis. The assessment is a lazy one. But this issue is bigger than Brexit (although that was the trigger) and dare I say it, it’s bigger even than the overturning of the clear democratic mandate of the referendum. In most people’s eyes Theresa May, or...

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People’s something – where have I heard that before?

Albania. Bulgaria. Czechoslovakia. Hungary. Poland. Romania. Yugoslavia. What do they have in common? How about Ethiopia? Add in China and North Korea. All have been or currently are countries that started their name with “People’s”. Most of them liked to add “Republic” after that and some added “Democratic”.  All gives a certain legitimacy doesn’t it....

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We don’t need a general election, but MPs do need to resign

In his recent Spectator piece, Stephen Daisley outlines the political conundrum of Brexit well: the voters want Brexit, the executive wants Brexit, but Parliament does not want Brexit. Now taking face value that the executive does actually want Brexit (Theresa May certainly doesn’t), Daisley explains that with the problem being the make up of the...

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Remain won, so why are we leaving?

To say this period of politics in the UK is interesting is an understatement. Remain supporting politicians want us to stay in the EU. That much is clear. They are also using every parliamentary trick in the book (including relying on their mate Mr Speaker) to effect their cause. But I often think about what...

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200 MPs cheered a lame duck Prime Minister, and nothing changed

Why did they cheer? Last night 200 MPs got to their feet to make some noise. But in their frenzy they forgot something. They are the minority. Those 200 MPs are the only ones out of a parliament of 650 that support the prime minister. That they have a majority of their own party is...

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Is Jeremy Corbyn the political genius he’s being made out to be?

When it looked like Jeremy Corbyn would win the Labour leadership election in 2015, pundits and commentators were essentially speechless. Sure, they could point to the Momentum movement, and a desire by members to try something different. They could easily identify the new leadership election rules and allowing £3 “members” to vote as having a...

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Stated Preferences Vs Revealed Preferences

“I’d love to be able to play the guitar. “I wish I was slimmer.” “I should pay more tax.” How many times have we heard statements like these? Too many to count, I’d wager. In fact, you probably rolled your eyes when you read them. You’re sure to recognise such statements for what they are:...

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This EU madness is nothing new

“Seldom in history can a British government have shown such feebleness in defence of Britain’s interests, securing nothing of substance in return for concessions on a grand scale.” You’d be forgiven for thinking that this statement had just been written. I suppose it could have been written any time in the last year with the...

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You may not agree with the Persimmon bonus policy but it’s not the fault of capitalism

“We are intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich as long as they pay their taxes.” So famously said Peter Mandelson at the height of New Labour’s power and influence. Often that quote is truncated to remove what is the fairly important point about paying tax, so it became a phrase focused on high earnings....

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What have Cowperthwaite and Corbyn got in common?

If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it – so the mantra goes. As Philip Hammond gets ready to deliver his budget speech, I’m reminded of that phrase, which I myself have used on occasion in order to justify gathering more data in business in order to be able to make decisions. You can...

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Why people call themselves centrists

Centrism is one of those terms that people put a lot of effort into claiming. It doesn’t seem to matter where the political Overton Window is, people (and parties) always try to insist that they have the centre ground. People tweet about how centrism is the best way. That being a centrist means realising your...

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