Category Archives: Commerce

Silicon Valley’s Culture of Amorality

Unashamedly lifted verbatim from his Nov 23 article in LinkedIn by Tom Foremski, former Financial Times journalist, publisher of Silicon Valley Watcher, and adviser on corporate affairs. For those few readers who may not know, Silicon Valley is shorthand for … Continue reading

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Remembrance

Today being the actual anniversary when 96 years ago the guns fell silent on the Western Front it seems appropriate to not just remember those who lost their lives serving in the British Armed Forces but why they were called … Continue reading

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Sauce for the Gander

Since the referendum, the NO campaign have exuded “well, that’s settled”, based on their 10%-margin win. But actually, they have been keeping their heads down because debate around any agreed devolution settlement—such as the Smith Commission is expected to come … Continue reading

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Wee Blue Book: Economy

This second installment from the Wee Blue Book addresses an area over which considerable debate has raged. The economy underpins every aspect of Scotland’s future. In the interests of objectivity on so crucial a matter, this section has received a … Continue reading

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Dismal Scientist

Yesterday a good friend in California (one of the whip-smart feminists to whom I referred recently) forwarded two Op Ed pieces from the prestigious New York Times. Apparently it is not only the London press corps who have woken up … Continue reading

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Girl Talk

Last night’s TV included 2003’s Mona Lisa Smile, a film I had not seen. As a period piece of cloying post-war American consumerist culture, the location, set design and wardrobe depts get full marks but the screenplay—written by two men—seemed … Continue reading

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It Cannae Be Canny—Can It?

Last week’s FM Questions did not much advance the sum of human knowledge as JoLa insisted on asking the same question (“What is “plan B” if currency union is not an option?”) four times in an obviously scripted attempt to … Continue reading

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The Poond in Yer Pocket

The British Pound (£UK) has a long history as a currency. Prior to the 1707 Union of the Parliaments it was known as the English pound as the ‘Pund Scots’ was of rather less value—not least because of the country … Continue reading

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Делать хорошую мину при плохой игре*

“It is the servant who takes the money” —Lawrence of Arabia As a young man, I was proud to be British. But the more I became familiar with its Establishment and could compare it with other cultures, the more that … Continue reading

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Why Yes is the Answer III: It’s the Economy, Stupid

There is a clear case for an independent Scotland to prosper more than it has to date within the UK. I confess that I have not examined all the contrary evidence put out by HM Gubmint on its website at … Continue reading

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