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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Psalm 46: 1-3

“How to pray for the General Election” was the title of the Bishop of Oxford’s address to his Diocesan Synod on Saturday morning, following an open letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury and many of the other bishops at the end of September. It reflects the reconciling role which the Church of England hopes to play in order to draw UK politicians, and the British people, together once the dust has cleared.

Bishop Steven’s guidance included Lament, Thanksgiving, Intercession, Discernment and Silence: all unquestionably strong recommendations. The prospects for these getting a hearing will hopefully rise after 12th December, and will no doubt be assisted by the Christmas break just 10 days’ later.

So please READ ON .. as we take a long look at some of the political parties’ ideas in circulation, but first acknowledge why the centre ground lost its appeal in 2016.


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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: 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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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: Why Vote, It Only Encourages Them!

Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the latest development in the UK General Election. Why will Nigel Farage not be voting and what will his standing down of so many candidates mean? Why will the election be won or lost in England? How accurate are the pollsters likely to be? What will be in the party manifestoes?

Economist Questions: Women Vs Capitalism - Why We Can’t Have It All in a Free Market Economy

Peter Urwin is joined by economist Vicky Pryce to talk about her latest book, discussing gender equality. Vicky argues we cannot rely on the free market to bring about gender equality. In theory we might expect discrimination to be short-lived in competitive markets, as it is an inefficient use of resources; this is clearly not happening, however, and Vicky makes a strong case for more forceful intervention to rectify the market failures that perpetuate gender inequality. An inherent short-termism in the capitalist system, a continuing level of support for motherhood that is insufficient, and various conscious/unconscious forms of bias all contribute to this failure of markets. The proposed solutions are radical, but without significant public intervention we will continue to waste vast amounts of female potential.

The Share Radio Interview: The Internet of Things

We’re becoming increasingly reliant on technology of all kinds, divulging more and more of our most personal details online and on internet-connected devices. But are we investing in suitable safeguarding measures to protect ourselves against hacking? Well, apparently not. Research from cyber-security experts, nCipher Security, has revealed that as more and more things become connected to the internet – from wireless home sensor networks, to smartphones, to wearable tech – we’re leaving ourselves wide open to cyber-attacks. In this episode of the Share Interview, Vice President of Global Distribution from nCipher Security, Peter Carlisle, joins Vicky Sayers to offer his advice.

NEF: The Rent is Too High

More and more of us are renting for longer – not by choice, but by necessity. In cities especially, more people are renting into their thirties, forties and beyond, sometimes raising children in rented flats with no long-term security. Rents are sky high. Saving for a deposit can take a decade or longer. And for many people, property ownership seems unachievable. But what if we could do something about it? Could rent controls be the answer? To help answer this question, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Hanna Wheatley, researcher at the New Economics Foundation and co-author of a NEF report on rent controls, and Eva Freeman, private renter and member of the London Renters Union.

Gadgets & Gizmos: The world's first robotic milk round

Technology editor Steve Caplin ponders the feasibility of the first-ever robotic milk round in Milton Keynes. He also looks at Facebook's rebranding, the new Echo Dot, bad news for drone users, Google shaming slow websites, Trainline's automatic refunds and a way to turn any smartphone into a conventional computer for £150.

This is Money: What would you spend a lottery win on?

As the lottery turns 25 (yes, that went quick), we find out what some winners did with their money, talk about what we'd do with a win, and ask if there is a better way to run a lotto? Plus, Simon Lambert reveals his confessions of a lottery mug at 25 years and counting.

Motley Fool Money: Range, Grit, and Predicting Business Success

Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. Is it better to be a generalist or a specialist? Can you ever have too much grit? And what do birds and frogs have to do with business success? On this week’s show, we revisit our conversation with David Epstein, author of the New York Times bestseller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

The Business of Film: The Aeronauts

James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, where Joker tops the box office for a sixth successive week, breaking records not seen since Avatar did the same a decade ago. The Good Liar enters at #5 with Midway managing #6. For home viewing James recommends the Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis comedy Yesterday, an opinion seconded by presenter Simon Rose.

Motley Fool Answers: Spreading Like FIRE

Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host 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. In this week's show: The ChooseFI Guys are back to talk about their new book and a documentary about the growing FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement.

Modern Mindset: The SMILE System

Adam talks to author and life coach Ronit Gerber about her new book, The SMILE System. Ronit discusses why many people struggle to move on from traumas or an unexpected change. They discuss the acronym and how a simple mnemonic can have powerful applications.

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: ITV, Vodafone, British Land & Burberry

Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks back at the latest news from ITV, Vodafone, British Land and Burberry. And he looks ahead to what we might expect when Easyjet, Kingfisher and Centrica report soon.

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.

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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