Old business stuff


In which I do the business

Various thoughts on matters of high finance and low cunning.

  • Competitive advantage is under threat – why the skills shortage could knacker the economy (New Statesman, July 2006)
  • Something ventured – on the UK’s then (and, frankly, still) nascent venture capital market (TCS Daily, September 2006)
  • Private Money, Public Good – the much maligned private finance initiative actually has a few advantages (TCS Daily, June 2006)
  • That said, after fifteen years and £57 billion, we still don’t know if it works (The First Post, September 2008)
  • And that said, it’s still not going to go away. Here’s why (Liberal Conspiracy, August 2011)
  • How bad is the feline obesity crisis? – on my continuing irritation at the hypocrisy of the high-pay debate (Liberal Conspiracy, June 2010)
  • And finally, A Modest Proposal for banking regulation. It involves public executions, but I bet you anything it’d work (Liberal Conspiracy, December 2009)

Some words wot I wrote

Freelance scribblings from summer 2010:
  • After hours lock in at the Foundry – on the occupation of a Shoreditch landmark, in protest against plans to replace it with a giant baked bean tin (Londonist, July 5th)
  • Has the tide turned on a university education? On the government’s plans for university reform (The First Post, July 7th)
  • What’s Gove really hiding? How the schools secretary mis-sold the decision to cancel the Building Schools for the Future programme (New Statesman, July 9th)
  • How bad is the feline obestity crisis? In defence of public sector fat cats (Liberal Conspiracy, June 12th)

October to February, much condensed


I’ve been variously

  1. getting engaged
  2. buying a flat
  3. doing up the flat
  4. weeping in a puddle of sewage inside my flat, five minutes after the completion of stage (3)
  5. editing a magazine, which turns out to be more exhausting and time-consuming than I was expecting, and which gave me the urge to apologise to every editor I’d ever had for my generally un-cooperate attitudes to life.

All of this has left my comparatively little time for writing things that aren’t hidden behind a nifty subscription barrier. Nonetheless, here are those things:

  • In December the New Statesman Online ran a piece I’d been working on for weeks, about a lunatic Tory plan to take NHS money from the poor and give to the rich (December 18th). Less than a fortnight later the party magically came up with a plan to take NHS money from the rich and give to the poor. I commented on this reversal, and my own lack of influence upon it, over at Liberal Conspiracy (January 18th)
  • Also @libcon – A Modest Proposal for Financial Regulation – more fun than it sounds, honest (December 13th); and, out on a limb somewhat, Why President Blair Is A Good Idea (November 6th)
  • A review of Russell T Davies’ masterwork The Writer’s Tale (Shinyshelf, January 14th)
  • Over at Londonist, Ken Livingstone might be Mayor of London (January 19th), Nick Griffin won’t be MP for Barking, probably (November 26th), and We Have Always Been At War With Eurasia (November 19th)
  • And finally, fear and loathing in Islington South, as the LibDem campaign turns to dirty tricks (Londonist, February 23rd)

Current affairs


I’ve been terribly busy of late (except when I was terribly un-busy, on a beach somewhere, of course; but we won’t talk about that). I have thus failed miserably to update this thing.

Belatedly, though, here are some of my more recent scribblings:

  • On the immaturity of Tory libertarianism (Liberal Conspiracy, October 10th)
  • Londonist gets nicked – How I met the Met in Ladbroke Grove (Londonist, October 2nd)
  • An interview with Dr Sarah Wollaston, the woman likely to be elected Tory MP for Totnes some time next year (GP, September 11th)
  • Opinionist: London pride – On the relationship between the City and the city (Londonist, September 9th)
  • Would the left benefit from a Tory landslide? (Liberal Conspiracy, September 8th)

I also spent the party conference season blogging extensively on the various health policies on offer in Westminster right now for GP (this was nearly as much fun as it sounds). The coverage included this piece on the refusal to face financial realities.