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It is now evident, however, that cost-cutting has played a part in the utterly inadequate roll-out of smart motorway features. That has put lives at risk.”

Grahame Morris MP for Easington

The news that the smart mobile network 5G’s roll-out is not happening within ten miles of airports follows on from our May 2019 Gadgets & Gizmos, drawing attention to its implementation being stalled by lamp-posts. Meanwhile, a hold has been placed on the roll-out of ‘smart motorways’ due to the high rate of fatalities, and the danger they pose to motorists.

The more inter-connected we become, the more risk we are exposed to. Increasingly, we don't seem to evaluate innovations adequately at the development stage: it's more a matter of ‘whoops, that doesn't work after all’.

So please READ ON .. as this week we call for more study and research before we launch new ideas. One such new idea is to call time on the BBC licence fee, and we join the discussion to ask for a root and branch review to move to a structure more appropriate for today's broadcasting.




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There’s lots of variety in our programming this week: This Is Money interviews the new dragon in Dragon’s Den, The Bigger Picture brings you last Wednesday’s action-packed Prime Minister’s Question Time, The Financial Outlook features a Sustain:Social panel session on impact and ESG investing. Meanwhile Adam Cox brings you two Modern Mindsets, on new divorce laws and local pharmacies, and a hypnotic session designed for using good reminiscences for a positive future. Plus, there’s that Gadgets & Gizmos episode on 5G and lamp-posts, a re-visit of our documentary movie review and two new episodes of Motley Fool Money.


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In partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced the audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.

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Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.
The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The Rise of Impact and ESG Investing
Welcome to another panel session from the Sustain:Social Conference, featuring an all-star line-up of investment professionals: Stephen Porter of Scottish Widows, Nanne Tolsma of Satelligence, Kenneth Mackenzie of Target Fund Managers, Myron Jobson of Interactive Investors and Stephen Clapham of Behind the Balance Sheet.
 This Is Money: Steven Bartlett interview - we speak to the new Dragon in the Den

Steven Bartlett is the latest star of Dragons’ Den – and we recently caught up with him for this special episode. In this frank interview with Simon Lambert, Steven tells us his story, the challenges he’s faced in his business life, how he got ahead and his tips for anyone else wanting to start a business. At just 29, Steven may be the youngest Dragon the programme has seen but he has already built up a successful business career. He launched a social media marketing agency Social Chain – at a time when the medium was considered to have little value - and grew its revenues to hundreds of millions of pounds. He also presents the ‘Diary of a CEO’ podcast, on which he has interviewed everyone from business leaders, such as Starling Bank’s Anne Boden and Deliveroo founder Will Shu, to Rio Ferdinand and Jimmy Carr. Steven isn’t afraid to share his strong opinions – including how school and higher education is failing young British hopeful entrepreneurs – and he has become an author and been a guest on shows including Question Time. Recently, Steven has launched another new business Flight Story – as well as finding time to be in the Dragons’ Den. That’s not bad for someone who says that at 21 he was a broke, university drop-out in a Manchester bedsit.

The Bigger Picture: Prime Minister's Question Time

With Simon Rose taking a well-earned break and with an action-packed PMQ on Wednesday, please enjoy 55 minutes of democratic challenge at its best. Christian Wakeford (circled in the image) has just switched sides from Conservative to Labour, Sir Keir Starmer's on the warpath, and Boris is fighting back - at last. Enjoy!

The Hypnotist: Reminiscence
Adam Cox invites you to travel back to significant moments in your past, to re-visit positive experiences which could be useful in the present. Based on the film 'Reminiscence' starring Hugh Jackman, this episode takes a fresh look at regression hypnosis to offer real benefit for listeners.
Modern Mindset: Judith Buckland on New Divorce Laws

Adam Cox is joined by Judith Buckland, from Family Law Solicitors Woolley & Co, to discuss a major new divorce law change coming in April and the public attitudes around this. They look at how the change will aid people in toxic marriages and what Woolley & Co can do to help. https://www.family-lawfirm.co.uk/

Modern Mindset: Reshma Malde on Utilising Local Pharmacies

Adam Cox is joined by Reshma Malde, Superintendent Pharmacist at John Bell & Croyden, to discuss how the use of pharmacy services have changed in the last 12 months and how the following 12 may develop. Reshma explains why it is so important to be proactive about health and the people who would benefit most. https://johnbellcroyden.co.uk/

Motley Fool Money: Streaming Wars Heat Up and one stock that could define the next decade.

Netflix shares fall more than 20% as increasing competition from Disney, Apple, and HBO Max (among others) cut into subscriber growth. Peloton's stock fell 25% on Thursday on reports of halted production and potential layoffs. United and American Airlines express optimism about increased travel in the spring and summer. And for the second quarter in a row Procter & Gamble flexes its pricing power muscles. Andy Cross and Ron Gross analyse those stories, Amazon's new clothing store, Winnebago's new EV, and share two stocks on their radar: Restoration Hardware and Intellia Therapeutics. Aaron Bush discusses the shifting landscape in the video game industry, the move to create ecosystems (instead of merely publishing games), and shares why he believes Roblox could be one of the defining consumer companies of the 2020s. Want 15 more stock ideas? They're included in the Motley Fool free Investing Starter Kit. Just click over to www.fool.com/StarterKit to get your copy.  

Motley Fool Money: Diving into Crypto
  • In the complex world of crypto, how do you separate the junk from the value? Motley Fool cryptocurrency expert Bernd Schmid joins producer Ricky Mulvey to discuss what long-term investors should look for in this emerging space, including: - How to think about allocation - The real-world problems that blockchain platforms are already solving - Fundamental differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Gadgets & Gizmos: 5G stalled by lampposts (Repeat)

You may have read of the stalling of 5G installation around airports: such precautions are not new! In May 2019 Steve Caplin explained why 5G has been stalled by lamppost problems - this is the episode raising the issue. He also went automotive, looking at Dyson's plans for an electric off-road car, the Honda e with swift recharge, the electric Jaguar E-type with optional original engine and Hydrogen-powered double-decker buses and he explained why Jeff Bezos thinks he can have a moonbase by 2024 while Elon Musk thinks he can get to Mars by then. Australia's $50 note issue was marred by a spelling mistake, Barcelona had a self-charging e bike and there's a very cheap credit-card sized charger to take around with you.  

Business of Film: Top Ten Documentary Films (Repeat)

In April 2020 Vicky Sayers was joined by film critic and broadcaster James Cameron-Wilson to explore the complex world of the documentary film. James shared his top ten picks of what he felt is a neglected genre, offering them up as a challenge to anyone who might think of documentaries as “boring”. In this episode: 'Man With a Movie Camera' (1929), 'Triumph of the Will' (1935), 'Shoah' (1985), 'Fahrenheit 9/11' (2004), 'Man on Wire' (2008), 'Senna' (2010), 'Searching for Sugar Man' (2012), 'Citizenfour' (2014), 'They Shall Not Grow Old' (2018), 'The Cave' (2019).  

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The case for investment trusts

Jonathan Davis, editor of the Investment Trusts Handbook, tells Simon Rose what makes investment trusts special and why investors should consider their merits. He explains the differences to other types of funds, including the premium and discount. He discusses the yields on alternative assets (including renewable energy and even music royalties) and how trusts can continue paying dividends even in bad years. The handbook, from Harriman House, is available in hardbook or free as an ebook (https://tinyurl.com/mt69fc24).

Share Drama: A Christmas Carol - the beloved classic, retold!

Scrooge has made the deal of his life with Chinese investors and must now quickly return to London on Christmas Eve to close the deal. On the flight back, during a fitful sleep, Scrooge confronts his past and present and learns the future consequences of his miserly life to find the true meaning of Christmas. Proscenium Online Theatre is super excited to be bringing you a whole new season of audio dramas in 2022. Starting off with 'The Girl in the Yellow Dress', a dark romance by South African playwright Craig Higginson, and 'Plunder', an original Hong Kong based thriller by American playwright Alan Olejniczak. In the meantime - sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the Proscenium Online Theatre’s production of 'A Christmas Carol'.


Motley Fool Answers: So Long, and Thanks for All the STOCKS!

It’s the last episode of Answers (but don’t worry, we’re just moving to Motley Fool Money every Tuesday). We’ll reminisce on our biggest lessons learned over the last seven years and answer your questions, some financial, some festive.

Gavin Oldham Capital Economics UK economy Brexit
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University discusses with Simon Rose the ideas behind Egalitarian Capitalism as espoused by Gavin Oldham OBE, amongst other things the founder of Share Radio. He's keen to see a world with inter-generational rebalancing, where everyone has a disintermediated stake in capitalism (for more, see tinyurl.com/mrhzcb27). Tim also asks if Boris Johnson is still a lucky general or are his days numbered?
Investor Conferences: Panel Sesson - Sustainable & Social Investing in a Post-Covid World

Join the Sustain:Social panel session on December '21, considering the outlook for investors in the wake of the COP26 in Glasgow. The panel comprises of - Chair: Rodney Hobson Panel: Gervais Williams (Premier Miton Group); Jamie Broderick (Impact Investing Institute); Mohan Gundu (Sustainable Funds Group); Mike Appleby (Liontrust Sustainable Investment team); Gavin Oldham (The Share Foundation / Share Radio).

The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Reimagining a sustainable future, fit for all

The Talk by the WealthiHer Network every month on Share Radio. Tamara Gillan, founder of WealthiHer, is joined by partners and experts from within the network to explore different aspects of what women should know about business, investing, money and leadership.

The Bigger Picture: Trussell Trust, helping UK food banks rise to the challenge

Food banks are providing a vital role to help people this winter, and the Trussell Trust supports more than 1,200 throughout the United Kingdom. In this special episode of The Bigger Picture, their Chief Executive Emma Revie briefs supporters about their progress, and their plans for the future. If you would like to support the extraordinary work undertaken by this charity, please visit https://trusselltrust.org

   The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why investing in shares needs a much higher profile on TV and Radio
Lord John Lee has become a champion for people investing in the stock market over recent years: he's written three books on investing, he's a patron of ShareSoc, the society for individual shareholders in the United Kingdom, and he's now challenging Government, broadcasters and regulators to encourage a much higher profile for investing in shares on TV and radio. Gavin Oldham meets with John to discuss the background to his initiative and his proposals for change; and they go on to consider how customer share ownership can be expanded, how to encourage more active participation in shareholder voting, and how to improve financial education.
The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: the unabridged Budget speech

If you missed Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering his speech on 27 October, here's your chance to hear it. Plus, read our commentary on Monday 1 November for Share Radio's perspective, including our assessment of the contrast with the mid-70s, when public borrowing last hit stratospheric levels.

The Bigger Picture: A World of Individual Opportunity - the Vision of Egalitarian Capitalism

Imagine a world in which everyone has a stake in the great tech firms that serve them each day, and where dividends are gradually replacing wages to provide regular income for everyone, as work becomes scarcer as a result of automation? Imagine a world where every young person not only has a small inheritance with which to start their adult life, but also the opportunity to build its value by learning life skills? Simon Rose is taking a well-earned break this week, so we’re taking the opportunity to bring you a talk given Gavin Oldham in August to the leading City of London think-tank Z/Yen.

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Sharefound: Good News for 16-18 year-olds in Wales!

On 31 August '21 The Share Foundation hosted a virtual event for young people in Wales, to help them find money that the government put away in a Child Trust Fund for when they reached 18. All young people born in the UK from 1st September 2002 should have one of these accounts, but huge numbers don't know anything about them! With Welsh-speaking help from Jac, this audio podcast of the virtual event tells you all about your good fortune, and invites you to register at https://findCTF.sharefound.org so that Sharefound can help link you with your money. Please share! And if you want to join a virtual event yourself, please visit https://www.sharefound.org/ctf-virtual-events and register for your choice of date: they're taking place each fortnight.

 Economist Questions: A ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ Workplace: Tricky Balancing Act?
Research into workplace productivity and management practice is often focused on the links between ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ practices. ‘Good’ covers employee-friendly policies; for instance, those providing opportunities for better Work Life Balance. In contrast, ‘Efficient’ practice includes the use of KPIs, setting clear performance expectations and tackling underperformance where it is identified. In this episode Peter Urwin and Professor Richard Saundry discuss this, drawing on their own understanding as researchers and experiences as line managers. The operational reality is that managers hold a position between the interests of their organisation and those who work for them – how do they balance the (often competing) need to create both efficient and good workplaces?
VIDEO: Tracking down £1bn of missing Child Trust Fund cash

Every child in the UK born between 1 Sept 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 has a Child Trust Fund (CTF). But one child in six has lost contact with the money. Gavin Oldham, Chairman of The Share Foundation – which runs the Junior ISA & Child Trust Fund schemes for children in care for the Department for Education - is trying to re-connect them. He talks through the CTF, how to track an account down, and what a child can and can’t do with the money.


In a new partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced its first audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters. 'Superinvestors' lays bare the investing secrets of legendary investors - from early 20th-century figures such as Benjamin Graham and John Maynard Keynes, through to more modern names such as Anthony Bolton and Warren Buffett.

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How you can help young people in care prepare for adult life by supporting The Share Foundation’s ‘Stepladder of Achievement’ programme.


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