Peak Saudi

Saudi Arabia’s decision to list Aramco, it’s state-owned oil company, on the Riyadh stock exchange rather than in New York or London, is being positioned as a statement of national pride this week. In reality, it’s an indication of the...

Dorsey’s Tweetment

‘Expect the unexpected. And whenever possible, be the unexpected’, exhorted Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, to a class of Stanford students back in 2011.  This week he embraced the mantra with a surprise announcement that his platform would no longer run...

Founders syndrome

The 21st century has been littered with the skeletons of massive financial failures and the saga of WeWork reminds us once again that there are sobering lessons still to be learnt. Credit must go to the public investors who refused...

An Inconvenient Truth

In John Locke’s social contract theory, the right of revolution is one of the most fundamental political rights. When the body politic believes that the government of the day is no longer acting in their interest, they have the legitimate...

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...

Flights of fancy

One of Jeffrey Epstein’s "most effective tools in currying favour with the rich and famous was access to his corporate jet", Felix Salmon of the US political newsletter Axios said this week. Commentators have periodically raised the question whether it is acceptable in...

Sainsbury’s – Best Before?

‘The difference between winning and losing is simply not quitting’, said Walt Disney. The enduring CEO of Sainsbury’s, Mike Coupe, might have echoed that sentiment this week as he unveiled an all-new strategy for the grocer, only five months after the...

Private schools

Issue: As school fees soar beyond the reach of the middle class, private education is becoming a taboo topic at dinner parties, with paying parents being positively bashful about where Oscar and Florence are studying for fear of arousing resentment. That...

The Juul in the Crown

Thank you for vaping The original ‘sin’ stock since the 1950s, the tobacco industry is at risking of blowing a premium opportunity to reinvent itself.  The development of low-harm products, those that vaporise and heat tobacco rather than burn it, have...

Yesterday

It is a sign of how revered Radio 4’s Today programme is that Government ministers being advised not to appear on it itself makes the news. That reverence seems to be evaporating. Boris Johnson’s director of communications, Lee Cain, has told...