Category Archives: Commerce

Union Myth-Take 4

“UK will be a high growth, high skills, high wage  economy.” After briefly rising in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, real weekly wages fell back below their 2008 level, as workers came off furlough. This fall in real wages reflects the … Continue reading

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Union Myth-Take 3

“UK’s Size Creates Wealth by “Punching Above Our Weight” A major claim by the UK has been it enjoys “the fastest growth in the G7. This statement is true for the last year but ignores the fact that the UK … Continue reading

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Union Myth-Take 2

“UK Trade with the EU Is Higher Than pre-Brexit Levels” Despite cross-channel hold-ups, lorry driver shortages and labour shortages as many EU nationals have gone home, UK trade with the EU has improved over the last five years. However, EU … Continue reading

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The Road to Scindy VII—A Case for the Union?

The SNP has relaunched its case for an independence referendum; Westminster has repeated its assertion that Scotland is better off in the UK because of its size and ability to “punch above its weight in the world”. But have Brexit … Continue reading

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Not Learning from History

“”Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” —George Santayana Boris Johnson, having won his “decisive victory” declares this has cleared the air of doubt so he can “get on with the job of delivering for … Continue reading

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Sun, Sand and Sorted!

To all our English friends who have languished in queues and been bounced around Gatwick, East Midlands or Manchester airports by Cryin’-Air or Easy-Jilt in thwarted attempts at your first real holiday in three years, have you considered you might … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Speech

“This Government has lost its way.” —Lord Finkelstein With the ritual pomp and circumstance of Life Guards, Beefeaters, Rolls Royces, Black Rod and everyone who’s anyone among Westminster politicos, a new session of parliament was opened on May 10th. For … Continue reading

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More Archimedes; Less Aristotle

“Science can amuse and fascinate, but it is engineering that changes the world.” —Isaac Asimov, Much has been made in the two years since Brexit that Britain can forge new trade relations with the world. When asked what form these … Continue reading

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Alea Jacta Est

This blog takes no pleasure in vindication of earlier posts that Putin was serious about engulfing Ukraine “heim ins Reich” (see: Na Zapad—Westward Ho!) or the limp attempts to curb the sewer of Russian kleptocrat money sloshing around London (see … Continue reading

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The Road to Scindy V—Rebuilding Ambition

“Don’t waste your time looking back; you are not going that way” —Ragar Lothbrok Though the heat of debate about Scottish independence has cooled somewhat over the last two years because of an understandable priority in dealing with Covid, what … Continue reading

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