Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers the issue of institutional decline and asks if modern organisations – whether private of public – have lost track of how to assess their reputation in the eyes of their customers, instead using statistics to prove that everything is wonderful. And admitting his obsession with obituaries, Tim looks at the death of a former editor of The Morning Star.
Political commentator Mike Indian, present at the Labour Party Conference when the Supreme Court decision was announced, looks at what that means for Parliament and the Brexit process. He analyses that conference and that of the Conservatives and explains Boris Johnson's Northern Ireland proposals and considers how they may be received in the UK, Ireland and by the EU.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers the many twists and turns at Labour's Party Conference in Brighton and wonders if Momentum is turning into phut. He looks at a pollster's analysis of the concerns of regional Conservative voters which appear to confound popular thought. And he looks at the long-term implications of the Supreme Court Decision and whether the UK should have a written constitution.
With the Supreme Court weighing up the prorogation of Parliament, political commentator Mike Indian considers where the power lies in our parliamentary democracy and how MPs should behave if they disagree with their constituents. He ponders whether the UK would be better off with a written constitution and, with the publication of his memoirs, believes that David Cameron is the last gasp of a bygone political era.
This week, Ed Bowsher speaks to Professor Tim Evans from Middlesex University. They discuss how the UK economy seems to be performing pretty well with a fall in unemployment in spite of Brexit concerns. Tim also highlights the terrible situation in Zimbabwe and suggests what the government needs to do before it can attract finance from the IMF. And finally, Tim looks at new research from Chatham House which highlights how Russia is using the internet to target the families and friends of members of the armed forces.
Tim Price of Price Value Partners discusses the Eurozone "doom loop", with negative interest rates impacting banks' business models and leading to the destruction of money while bail-in rules cause a slow-motion (but quickening) bank run as funds seek safety in government bonds. Tim explains why the ECB's new head Christine Lagarde may be powerless to stop a deflationary recession, why gold is back in favour and why diversification may be the last free lunch in finance.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the political furore over the prorogation of Parliament and asks what it really means. He updates us on the situation in Venezuela where it transpires Nicolas Maduro has been talking to the White House and where Reuters has exposed Cuba's true influence. And he looks at the new age of Surveillance Capitalism, the topic of a new book by Shoshana Zuboff.
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at Boris Johnson's meetings with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron and reckons that if no deal has been arranged by September 30th, a no-deal Brexit is inevitable. He rates the chance of a General Election the day after Halloween at 80% and looks at the report that the state pension age might have to rise to 75.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at recent but growing protests in Russia and why they spell problems for Putin. He looks at the dangers for democracy of even more deeply negative interest rates. And he ponders the coming global challenges and whether China's strength will turn out to be sustainable.
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses what lessons we can take from the Lib Dem win at the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. He looks at Boris Johnson's tour of the Union and the Scottish swing in favour of independence. He considers the options left to Remainers to stop the country leaving the EU on October 31st and the role that Dominic Cummings is playing in the new government.