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“The state is or can be master of money, but in a free society it is master of very little else.”

William Beveridge

What was launched on 5th July 1948 and still faces insatiable demand today? Which public body has increased spending from £11.4 billion (at 2010/11 prices) in its first year of operation 70 years ago, to £147.1 billion in 2015 - and still commands the almost unanimous support of the British public?

Yes, you’re right - it’s the NHS: now to be presented with a “birthday present” of £20 billion per year, and still to be run out of general taxation.

READ ON .. for our comment spotlight on this welfare leviathan, which may have been designed with the above quotation in mind but has certainly developed on the socialist principle of “government knows best”.


St. Paul's besieged

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: The monopolistic problems of the NHS

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers recent NHS scandals and wonders whether the monopolistic nature of medicine is largely to blame. He also considers how culture wars are replacing class wars and what this might mean for British politics and the debate over legalisation of cannabis. Finally, he considers whether Brexit might lead to more and better immigration.

Business of Film: Hereditary
With the UK box office already suffering from the effects of the World Cup, James Cameron-Wilson reviews the new horror film Hereditary. He also discusses the DVD release of I, Tonya, a film he recommends strongly, with a raft of extras that make the film more fascinating still.
Policy Matters: The UK labour market for young workers

In this episode of Policy Matters, hosts Franz Buscha and Matt Dickson are joined by Professor Paul Gregg from the University of Bath to consider the prospects for today’s young people leaving education and entering the labour market. We hear a lot in the news about the job market challenges facing young people; and yet employment rates are at record levels, recent generations are the most educated ever with more and more people going to University and then enjoying a graduate wage premium – so what’s the problem? Paul provides an insight into how the economy has been changing over the last decade or so, the ways in which the recession following the 2007/8 financial crisis was unlike anything we’ve had before, and how young people have suffered the most. Matt and Franz then discuss with Paul the ways in which the challenges for policy are different now to what’s often been the case in the past, and consider what government policy can do to improve the prospects for young people today.

Modern Mindset: The Mind Flow Surfer

Adam Cox talks to Saadia Valasarie Sultan, an entrepreneur who walked away from a family business worth millions to pursue her passion. Saadia has founded Mind Flow Surfer: a business that uses applied psychology techniques to create rapid change in clients. She is an avid believer in consciously living life in an emotional state that is most conducive to achieving success – both personally and professionally. From morning meditation to thinking about the future in specific ways, she provides mindset tips to unlock the potential she says we all have within us.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Pothole-fixing drones

Steve Caplin casts his eye over pothole-fixing drones, a robot chef, vegan-friendly fake meat, carrots impersonating avocados, an app to solve quadratic equations, a new pocket tool he's dying to have and the plane where you won't be able to see out of the windows IF you're in first class.

Company Citizen: Episode Three

Linda Lewis and former Labour MP Tom Levitt are back for their third discussion in a series inspired by Tom’s latest book, ‘The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community’. In this episode, they discuss how business can be a force for good both in combating hunger and in the better management of resources through the “circular economy”. Tom shares how he came to write the book, why engaging with smaller businesses is crucial to the cause and how Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, has emerged as a leader of the responsible and sustainable business movement.

 IEA: Approaches to Migration

Migration matters. It has risen to near the top of concerns expressed in opinion polls in the UK and across Europe. For many politicians, the EU referendum result was a clear instruction from the British people that they wanted to reduce immigration levels. But is it all as clear cut as that? Joining us today are Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute, and Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Interviewed by Digital Officer Madeline Grant, Daniel and Kristian examine how people in Britain really feel about migration and where the nuances lie. They discuss the economic benefits of immigration – as well as its impact on culture and social cohesion.

The Week That Was: Ashtead

Graham Spooner of The Share Centre looks at recent figures from Ashtead, Ferguson and the Berkeley Group, as well as looking at market reaction to the mounting trade wars. He also looks ahead to forthcoming numbers from Carnival, Whitbread and Tullow Oil.


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.

The Share Foundation

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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