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I thought the best thing to do was to settle up these little local difficulties, and then turn to the wider vision of the Commonwealth.”

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The constituency of Chesham and Amersham has been much in the news over the past few days, with Sarah Green delivering a huge upset to the Conservative Government. Overturning a 16,000 vote majority may have seemed inconceivable after the Conservative Party’s Hartlepool by-election victory over Labour just six weeks ago, but it just proves how British politics is in a continual state of flux at present: and particularly when big local issues are so central.

Getting the balance right between national and local is critically important, not just for Government but also for other long-standing institutions: including commercial businesses and religious denominations.

So please READ ON .. as this week we suggest that it's not ‘either-or’ but ‘both-and’ which is what matters: choosing what happens locally and what nationally is critical.


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Simon Rose has taken a well-earned break, so we’re taking the opportunity to bring you some special shows from our archives: The Bigger Picture re-visits the long Liberal Democrat journey since the 19th century, The Business of Film picks out the top ten quirkiest movies, there’s the very special investment episode of Managing My Money from The Financial Outlook, and our first ever Gadgets & Gizmos from Guy Fawkes’ Day 2014. This Is Money looks at investing in sneakers, while Adam Cox discusses inclusion, diversity and perfectionism. Plus, from across the big pond, there’s the two Motley Fool programmes.


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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: Liberal Democrats - the long journey to Chesham & Amersham

The news that Sarah Green has wrested the constituency of Chesham and Amersham off the Conservatives for the first time in its history merits a look back over the Liberal Democrat's long decline. The centre ground is not an easy place to be in politics, and the new MP has needed the frequent sight of HS2 bulldozers and stormtroopers to get her majority - but she's done it. This look-back over Liberal Democrat history with Simon Rose and Mike Indian was first published in October 2019, just before the last General Election.

Modern Mindset: Workplace Inclusion and Diversity

Adam Cox is joined by Hephzi Pemberton, CEO of the Equality Group and Author of 'The Diversity Playbook', to discuss how the last year has impacted the UK's understanding of inclusion and diversity. They look at how businesses can tackle institutionalised racism in the workplace and what inspired Hephzi to start the Equality Group, in addition to discussing her new book. https://www.equality.group.

 The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Investment for Beginners.
Why invest? Glen Goodman, with the assistance of Annie Weston, explains why investing makes sense and talks you through the merits of the stock market, in this tenth episode of Share Radio's 'Managing My Money' course. What's the difference between saving and investment? It's all in the risk. They discuss shares, bonds and funds, and which perform best over the long term.
This Is Money: Would you invest in sneakers or the new space race?

Sneaker investing – those in the know don’t call them trainers, apparently – has become a big thing in recent years and as values have risen, so has the volume of fakes. It’s not just knock-offs aping standard sneakers anymore, some of the counterfeiters are dabbling in shoes that could go on to be worth thousands of pounds. Can anything be done, does it matter and what’s the attraction if investing in sneakers anyway? This is Money’s Grace Gausden went behind the curtain with eBay, which has its own crack team of fake sneaker spotters, to find out more and tells podcast listeners all about it here. Alongside, Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert, Grace discusses the tests that can spot a fake and why eBay is cracking down. Meanwhile, Simon looks at the comparisons between sneaker investing and other more established alternatives, such as art, wine and classic cars and, of course, the new kid on the block, crypto. Also, the team discuss the courses for those who haven’t driven in years and the best cars to insure new drivers on. Simon looks at why smart Chancellors can’t help inflating house prices and why the holiday part was the problem with the stamp duty cut. And back on an investing tip, if sneakers are a bit too down to earth for you, how about backing a space investment trust?

The Business of Film: the quirkiest top ten

Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to talk all things quirky. They discuss what makes a “quirky” film, and Vicky reveals a particular favourite of hers. In this special genre they select: 'O Lucky Man!' (1973), 'How to Get Ahead in Advertising' (1989), 'The Truman Show' (1998), 'Being John Malkovich' (1999), 'Raising Arizona' (1987), 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' (2000), 'Amélie' (2001), 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004), 'Stranger Than Fiction' (2006), 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013), and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (2014). Whatever happened to 'Spirited Away'(2001)?

Motley Fool Money: Software Eating The World, Healthcare Stocks to Watch

Adobe hits an all-time high on earnings, Kroger raises guidance and announces a $1B stock buyback, The Honest Company issues its first report as a public company, Homebuilder Lennar posts strong profits, and electric-truck maker Lordstown Motors needs new management. Ron Gross and Jason Moser analyse those stories, discuss value plays vs. value traps, weigh in on El Pollo Loco’s flying chickens, and share two stocks on their radar: Qorvo and GAN Limited. Plus, Motley Fool healthcare contributor Keith Speights discusses the latest on Covid vaccines, Johnson & Johnson, and the controversy surrounding the FDA’s approval of Biogen’s treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Episode 1

The original 'Gadgets and Gizmos' with Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin - the first of over 300 episodes of our weekly tech programme, originally published on Share Radio's first day of broadcasting, 5th November 2014.

The Hypnotist: The Perfectionism Ship

For those whose perfectionist approach leads to anxiety, this hypnosis session may offer relief. Many people are very resourceful and resilient, but at the same time get stressed and worried if things can't be just right. If you have a struggle keeping this noble motive in balance, Adam Cox's therapy session could be for you.

Motley Fool Answers: How to Choose the Right Broker or Robo-Advisor

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. What differentiates one firm from another? Matt Frankel, who reviews discount brokers and robo-advisors for The Ascent (a Motley Fool company), breaks down the important criteria. And Alison digs into the research about how working from home affects productivity.

The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Bringing everyone on the journey

Tamara Gillan, Founder & CEO of WealthiHer Network chats with Tracy Browne, Director at Tilney Investment Management about the importance of bringing everyone on the journey to make finance more equitable for women, ensuring the financial futures of all.

 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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