Saturday, 27 August 2016

UK Pubs Struggling for Business

The British pub is a national institution, popular with locals and an attraction for tourists. But pubs are struggling - their numbers have been declining for decades and the rate of closures has been accelerating.

Inside the Murky World of Negative Interest Rates - Counting the Cost

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Henry Ford - The Most Influential American Innovator of the 20th Century

Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom, and possibility.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Martin Jacques: Understanding the Rise of China

The Death of Neoliberalism and the Crisis in Western Politics

THE GUARDIAN: In the early 1980s the author was one of the first to herald the emerging dominance of neoliberalism in the west. Here he argues that this doctrine is now faltering. But what happens next?

The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were surprisingly modest. The crisis challenged the foundation stones of the long-dominant neoliberal ideology but it seemed to emerge largely unscathed. The banks were bailed out; hardly any bankers on either side of the Atlantic were prosecuted for their crimes; and the price of their behaviour was duly paid by the taxpayer. Subsequent economic policy, especially in the Anglo-Saxon world, has relied overwhelmingly on monetary policy, especially quantitative easing. It has failed. The western economy has stagnated and is now approaching its lost decade, with no end in sight. » | Martin Jacques | Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Private Landlords Take Billions In Housing Benefit

Private Landlords in the UK have received £9.3 billion in housing benefit over the last year, twice what they received ten years ago.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Brexit: Could Liechtenstein Be a Model for the UK? - BBC Newsnight

Liechtenstein is in the European Economic Area. It also has restrictions on the free movement of people. Could it be a model for the UK’s Brexit? Our Business Editor Helen Thomas reports.