Month: October, 2016

The PM Isn’t Giving A Running Commentary on Brexit Talks. But Don’t Be Outraged.
6 min read, Policy

The PM Isn’t Giving A Running Commentary on Brexit Talks. But Don’t Be Outraged.

“Brexit negotiations will be kept SECRET” the Express headline shouts as if this were news. A month ago, Brexit Secretary, David Davis, insisted that full transparency on the talks in progress is not in the country’s best interests. “Clearly there is a need for Parliament to be informed without giving away our negotiating position. I…

It’s Easy to Rely on Gender Politics to Beat Trump, but Clinton Should Be Careful.
Perspective, Uncategorized

It’s Easy to Rely on Gender Politics to Beat Trump, but Clinton Should Be Careful.

The race for the White House has taken a somewhat predictable turn – campaigning now has a clear focus on the gender of the candidates. A battle that was once characterised as conservative versus progressive, then protectionist versus liberal, then outsider versus elite, has now become something closer to man versus woman. So far, this…

Has Geography Become Insignificant in Today’s World?
5 min read, It's the Economy, Perspective

Has Geography Become Insignificant in Today’s World?

“The World is Flat” claimed Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman, in 2006. Citing the role of communication and transport space-shrinking technologies, Friedman argued that geography mattered less than ever before in the global economy. Similarly, a few weeks ago, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, declared that we live in a “post-geography trading world”. So...
Who Needs Facts When You Can Convince People With Emotion
Bad Behaviour, Uncategorized

Who Needs Facts When You Can Convince People With Emotion

We are living in a time of Post-Truth Politics. Ours has become a political culture where facts are of secondary importance to so-called ‘gut feeling’. Impassioned speeches appeal to emotion regardless of policy, talking points are consistently repeated despite being proven untrue and/or misleading, and any fact checking is evidence of snobbery or bias. In…

Many Big Firms Do Vile Things for Profit. But Some are Paving the Way for Change.
5 min read, Perspective, TSJf

Many Big Firms Do Vile Things for Profit. But Some are Paving the Way for Change.

In 1973, British economist Ernst Schumacher published a book that changed the way we think about business. Titled ‘Small is beautiful’, he challenged the notion that “bigger is always better”.  Schumacher argued that the smaller the scale of operation of a business, the more likely its activity will be sustainable. Today, his work is used…

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