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Revolution 2.0

Good governance in Britain famously relies on its ‘dignified’ monarchy and ‘efficient’ executive. This week both branches of Victorian writer Walter Bagehot’s dictum are in a state of toxic shock. Prince Andrew, reputedly the Queen’s favourite son, was humiliated on...

You can’t be Sirius

Scandalised at the “false, malicious and dangerous” gossip percolating in Britain’s 17th century coffee houses by tradesmen “misspending their time”, King Charles II issued a decree to shut them down. The king worried that mercantile upstarts would defame his Government and disturb the...

Why are you afraid, ye of little faith?

Faith we are told, is “the substance of things hoped for”, and “the evidence of things not seen”.  This week incoming UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson challenged the country to have faith over the UK’s departure from the European Union,...

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Varsity blues

Dealing with the sins of the past is no longer confined to institutions set up during war or which profited from apartheid. This week Cambridge University opened a front in confronting historical wrongs by promising to examine how it may...

Red Flag – of morals and markets; sweet FA

Cheerleader in chief for UK business, CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn waved the red flag this week, warning that Labour Party proposals to nationalise public services would cost the country £176bn and decimate the pension pots of millions.   Impact: Limited....

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Fearless Girl: Statue of limitations?

The most powerful statues embody new orthodoxies and so it is with Fearless Girl, a figure which stands for female empowerment originally stationed facing down the bronze bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange. A replica of her...

AI and news 2.0: machine learnings

I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that'* If, as Dr Johnson said “words are but the signs of ideas”, two breakthroughs this week showed that machines are now able to think, persuade and argue, putting the art of influence...

Caught out

Cricket Australia’s botched recovery from a crisis in culture makes Shane Warne want to vomit and provides rich lessons for business....

Accrual world

Like an episode from the Borgias, a blood feud at accountancy firm Grant Thornton spilled out onto the streets this week. Chief Executive Sacha Romanovitch was subject to a brutal corporate assassination, that saw her performance appraisal leaked to...

Workers of the World

Red Shift

If trust in capitalism were a contract, then the public put their faith in enterprise on zero-hours some time ago. This week the UK opposition Labour Party exploited dissatisfaction with the status quo to set out a new prospectus for...

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Mad Men

Nike swooshed into America’s most hotly contested debate this week and simultaneously upended the way companies engage with social issues. The sportswear firm unveiled its campaign to celebrate 30 years of its ‘Just Do It’ slogan with the world’s most famous NFL star...

Water torture

Water torture

The drip, drip, drip of criticism corroding confidence in the water industry continued this week as public, politicians and even advocates of private enterprise lost patience with a sector accused of abusing its position as a regulated monopoly....

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Merlin’s whales and Uber’s travails

Merlin Entertainments made waves this week with the announcement that two beluga whales kept in captivity at a Shanghai aquarium will retire to a vast new sanctuary off the Icelandic coast. And problem child Uberwas back before London’s grownups...