Why Britain is living in a fool’s paradise when it comes to public services

Britain can’t keep living in a dream world, wanting Swedish levels of public services with American levels of tax. That was the core message from Newgate Communications’ latest “The View from the Bridge” debate which asked what impact the Spending Review’s £11.5 billion in cuts will have on UK Plc and local authorities. The unsurprising answer was “actually, quite a lot”. The excellent panel (chaired … Continue reading Why Britain is living in a fool’s paradise when it comes to public services

The Archbishop, the Money Lenders and the Firing Squad

Whether you agree with him or not, Guido Fawkes writes an entertaining blog. His analysis of the Leveson inquiry into the press followed the theme of the circular firing squad, every bullet fired by a politician, press baron or celebrity had the effect of creating a Newtonian equal and opposite reaction that caused them collateral damage. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, should have been … Continue reading The Archbishop, the Money Lenders and the Firing Squad

BrewDog and the seeds: crowdfunding and seed investment for new business ventures

As a fan of beer, a company that has attracted my attention of late is the BrewDog, a fast growing independently owned Scottish brewery that specialises in craft beers. I went to one of their bars on Bethnal Green Road a couple of months ago and seem to remember having a good time (though craft beers, as it turns out, can be quite strong and … Continue reading BrewDog and the seeds: crowdfunding and seed investment for new business ventures

Standing out in China’s medical services boom

China’s next big growth story comes with a new twist – its rapidly graying population. Today one in every four people in the world over 64 is from China. In twenty years this is forecast to reach one in three. PE investment has poured into the health sector as demand for everything from hospital beds to new hips and drugs is expected to rocket. But … Continue reading Standing out in China’s medical services boom

The joke isn’t funny any more

Mark Carney’s first interest rate announcement since he became Governor of the Bank of England has passed without incident.  Rates remained unchanged and the Monetary Policy Committee gave clear guidance about future direction. The owner of the most highly promoted Oyster card since Prince Charles took the tube could teach a thing of two to his Australian counterparts. There, the Aussie dollar tumbled after an … Continue reading The joke isn’t funny any more