The study of law has fascinated mankind almost since the beginning of time, but for the purposes of modern appraisal in a secular society it is probably pragmatic to restrict the debate to what society requires of law what...
For over forty years I have struggled in the financial world to interpret statistics. People in public life love to flaunt statistics, graphs, numbers, percentages, usually to make a case for a pre judged outcome. The treasury are adept...
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The Fiscal Gap

I wonder what would happen if our bank manager called us in because he was worried about our spending.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer of course has no bank manager in the way we do.  But he has a...
I was a fly on the wall when the BBC retained ICM and felt I should share my eavesdroppings with you. It went something like this. Dumbledey, 'The Director General feels that in view of the sensitive nature of election...
An interesting failure of representative politics took place in September, long debated in the country a private members bill came to fruition, a very modest step towards assisted suicide for those in terminal and painful decline medically with no...
The great irony of 2018 is the world is a more dangerous place than it was before the collapse of the Soviet Union.  How can this be so? The amazing paradox is when the West faced the Soviet Union across...
The UK is agonising over BREXIT, the debate drags on, the negotiations go nowhere, but we are addressing the wrong problem. Look at the numbers, forget the rhetoric. Small & medium size businesses account for 80% of the U.K....
Offshore, What’s it All About? There is much in the news at the moment about offshore companies, tax avoidance and tax evasion. There is no merit in exploring tax evasion which is a crime, and needs to be dealt with...
Ponder for a moment, if you will, do you drive a 1950s car. Or listen to a 1950s wireless. Or perhaps still use an old Bakelite telephone. What about typewriters, television or calculating machine? Of course, you don’t. So...
Many years ago I sat through the most fascinating lectures on Soviet studies delivered by RMA Sandhurst professor Chris Donnelly. In those far off days as a subaltern, I used to peer through the wire on the inner German border...

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