Feeling Wonky

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A couple of bits of policy wonkery from recent months:

  • Once every few months, a report comes along explaining why the private finance initiative represents a sort of embarrassing skidmark on the national accounts, and suggests we’d better scrap it, pronto. Here’s me at Liberal Conspiracy explaining why that’s never gonna happen. (Liberal Conspiracy, August 22nd)
  • Health secretary Andrew Lansley recently promised to ban minimum waiting times in the NHS. It probably won’t make any difference (New Statesman, 15 November)

Old business stuff

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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 greatest hits

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  • How unpaid internships have made the media so middle class (The First Post, August 2009)
  • Busy doing nothing – the inert mayoralty of Boris Johnson (Londonist, July 2009)
  • A lesson in private education – the strange success of Cognita’s schools (Guardian Unlimited/Comment is Free, July 2009)
  • They come over here, they take our houses… Why the immigrant housing myth persists (Londonist, July 2009)
  • Putting the fun in fundamentalism – a trip to Kentucky’s museum of creationism (NewStatesman.com, November 2008)
  • Disappointment can wait – the election night scenes in Washington DC (NewStatesman.com, November 2008)
  • Sweet, crazy people – a visit to a McCain-Palin campaign office in Ohio (NewStatesman.com, October 2008)
  • Nobody can handle the truth about PFI – fifteen years and £57 billion later, and we still don’t know if it works (The First Post, September 2008)
  • A load of Bull – some thoughts on left-wing patriotism (The Sharpener, June 2006)
  • A Sicilian Message – Ten suspicious parallels between the War on Terror and the Godfather Trilogy (ak13, June 2004)
  • Dead giveaway – sitting in judgement on Santa Claus for the Political Judge column (ak13, December 2003)