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 immediately followed by: “People, ideas, machines - in that order” Colonel Boyd

Opening quotes from Dominic Cummings’ Blog - Home page

While it’s indeed unfortunate to see Sajid Javid move to the backbenches, there’s a lot of truth in the old saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand. In this case, it’s the House of Special Advisers (SpAds), not ministers, but the same holds true. I wonder if we ever will discover whether the pre-emption of the HS2 decision by HM Treasury was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

Whatever it was, we now need to look forward - there are major things to be delivered, and they need to focus on people, as Colonel Boyd says above.

So please READ ON .. as this week we look at what a Task Group working with the new HM Treasury/combined SpAd team could achieve in bringing about a more egalitarian form of capitalism, together with reporting on some encouraging 30-year projections from Capital Economics at their Emerging Markets Forum last Wednesday.

 

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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 Business of Film: Dolittle

James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, where Dolittle has knocked the garlanded 1917 off its #1 perch. Birds of Prey enters at #2 with Parasite, the South Korean Best Film Oscar-winner in at #4. James also reviews Under Water, which didn't make the top ten, before turning his attention to the recent Oscars.

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Motley Fool Money: Record Highs, Coronavirus Concerns, Facebook’s New Hobby

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Modern Mindset: Levels of Confidence

Adam Cox is joined by Dr Aisha Alsheikh; an international speaker, medical scientist and therapist specialising in the issue of self-esteem – and why people can suffer from low levels of confidence. Aysha tells her own story of being belittled and abused, and how she now uses her past experiences to help others. She discusses the different levels of confidence, and how you can super-charge your self-esteem.

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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.

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Superinvestors

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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The Share Foundation

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