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Slowly, the party I joined will become almost unrecognisable.”

Matthew Parris

The elections in England last Thursday set a series of political challenges. In Scotland and Wales, they were of course overshadowed by the character of their respective assemblies and focus on the union, but in England they have presented a major challenge for both the Labour Party and ‘middle-ground’ Conservatives: as regards the latter, as became evident in Matthew Parris's comment piece in 'The Times' on Saturday.

At first sight, Boris Johnson may appear to both as a populist ‘rabble rouser’, in the same mould as Donald Trump. He may indeed ‘play to the crowd’ in his appearance, his language and on TV; but, when he speaks of  ‘levelling-up’, it’s genuine. He is an egalitarian at heart, and people understand that, even if some politicians don't.

So please READ ON .. as this week we join the voters of Hartlepool in calling for a better understanding of what it means to be egalitarian.  

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The Bigger Picture, recorded on election day last week, anticipates the need for the Labour Party’s strategic refresh; and we have several programmes looking at a personal financial or business refresh: This Is Money, Modern Mindset and The Hypnotist. The Financial Outlook considers the prospects for commodities, and Motley Fool looks at real estate in the US. Plus, we have our regular reviews of gadgets and movies.  

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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.


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The Bigger Picture: Interpreting the recent election results, Starmer's botched reshuffle & the Queen's Speech

Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the recent election results and what its poor performance might mean for Labour. But he also points out problems for the Conservatives in some of its traditional heartland. He assesses the problems facing Keir Starmer after his botched reshuffle. And he reflects upon a very different Queen's Speech and laments some of the missed opportunities in its content.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Amazon guilt, healthy jazz lovers, a bike-powered concert & bamboo cricket bats

Steve Caplin discusses Elon Musk's changed attitude toward Bitcoin, the guilt felt by many towards buying from Amazon, how jazz encourages healthy eating, why the London Sinfonietta are going to be getting on their bikes, how cricket bats could be made of bamboo, Asda trialling insulated delivery boxes, a solar-powered cooler and why some in-game ads are so bloodthirsty. He also demonstrates his own guilt by receiving an Amazon delivery in the middle of the podcast!

 The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The advantages private investors have over fund managers
Russ Mould considers the reaction of equity markets to growing concerns about inflation. Having discussed this very possibility here for some time, Russ points out some of the advantages private investors have over fund managers. If they can conquer the Fear Of Missing Out then they not only don't have to follow the herd but don't have to be invested at all. He points out some areas investors could look at if they are concerned about inflation and even suggests one very bold call - commercial real estate.
The Business of Film: The Mitchells vs The Machines, Monster & the problems of The Golden Globes

James Cameron-Wilson looks ahead to the imminent reopening of the UK's cinemas. He reviews the animated film The Mitchells vs The Machines, finding it laugh-out-loud funny even for solitary viewing and one of his favourite films of the year. He also looks at gritty drama Monster starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. In the light of the controversy surrounding the Golden Globes – with Tom Cruise returning his three awards – he wonders whether the organisation can even survive.

Motley Fool Answers: The 6 Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor

Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. The Motley Fool Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner, is back to share his six Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor, and Bro reconsiders retiring after age 67 (wait, what?!)

Motley Fool Money: Peloton, PayPal, and Investing in Real Estate

Peloton shares fall, and its CEO apologizes for not recalling treadmills sooner. Activision Blizzard, Cloudflare, PayPal, and Square deliver stronger results than their stock movements indicate. Beyond Meat slips, Match Group connects, and Etsy tumbles. Motley Fool analysts Emily Flippen and Jason Moser discuss those stories and share a couple of stocks on their radar: Bill.com and Fiverr. Plus, Matt Argersinger, lead advisor of Millionacres, a Motley Fool investing service, shares why he believes the housing market will stay hot and what he’s watching in commercial real estate.

 This Is Money: Build up a cash pot then buy and sell your way to profits: Never Go Broke

This week saw the launch of new book - 'Never Go Broke: How To Make Money Out Of Just About Anything', co-written by This is Money personal finance editor Lee Boyce. Lee is joined from Los Angeles by his co-author, Storage Hunters TV star Jesse McClure, to explain all to Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert. Jesse and lee discuss how they met, how the book was created, and their three-step approach to putting more money in your pocket with a little bit of entrepreneurial endeavour and reselling. The book is broken down into three parts: how to build up a cash pot, learning the resale blueprint and investing the pot for resale profits. Step one is all about properly selling items in your home, making cash legitimately – and safely – online, and even making money from stuff you might think is trash. This is good both for your wallet and the environment. Step two sees Jesse outline some of the tips and tricks he uses everyday as a professional buyer and seller, while step three is all about hunting down spots to buy items to make even bigger profits – from car boots, to charity shops. While it won't make you a millionaire overnight, the pair believe it can be a great hobby, a way to stay afloat, or to set the foundations to becoming a professional at it. The authors also share some of Jesse's big wins and tips for getting started straightaway

The Hypnotist: Success Hypnosis

Adam Cox recorded this session for a personal development group to help already successful people feel more resourceful and have more clarity for a future goal. It uses a metaphor to help let go of the past of whatever could impede progress towards the goal, and future paces the challenges and setbacks on the journey towards the future destination of achieving the goal that represents success.

Modern Mindset: Meet the Transformation Queen

Adam Cox talks with Annie Gibbins, who's based in Australia. She's been growing businesses for 25 years through her eye health charity, at the same time as bringing up a family of five - children - including two sets of twins. As she did so, she developed an online coaching programme called 'Magic Transformations', and has now earned the title of Transformation Queen.

 The Talk from the WealthiHer Network: Mind the gap and Spring forward

In the latest episode from the WealthiHer Network, Tamara Gillan in conversation with Ann-Marie Atkins, Managing Director and award-winning financial planner at Tilney. As we're coming out of lock-down and emerging into a future, Ann-Marie gives her expert advice and insights into how we can start to close the quadruple gap and spring forward into a brighter future with purpose.

 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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