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A Fair Game

What the recent problems in elite sport can teach us about the future of capitalism? In the Tyranny of Merit, philosopher Michael Sandel outlines the problem with our modern conception of meritocracy. We tend to champion meritocracy as an ideal

Trust in the Trust – a restoration project

The ousting of Tim Parker last week, chairman of the National Trust, has been hailed as another skirmish in the wider culture wars.  Variously accused of politicising the National Trust by pandering to such modish causes as Black Lives Matter

28 Days Later

Canary Wharf is a marvel, from Michael Heseltine’s dream of The Docklands Development Corporation, to Paul Reichmann’s Olympia & York, who saw a gap in the market with the demise of tired old expensive City infrastructure and a new way

The Royal’s phoenix moment?

Many considered the media’s coverage of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh as excessive and out-of-touch. Does this mean Britons have fallen out of love with the Royal Family or is there something else going on? Within minutes of the

Workplace or woke-place?

Capitalism is always changing. No idea better encapsulates this than Joseph Schumpeter’s notion of “creative destruction”: the incessant innovation mechanism by which new products and services replace outdated ones is at the heart of the modern economic machine. If we transfer

The smartest guys in the room?

McKinsey & Company is an enormously successful 100-year-old brand which is a trusted adviser to the world’s largest companies, several of which are run by McKinsey alumni. But reputation, as someone once said, eats brand for lunch. For the last

Boris and Business: An unbridgeable chasm?

This week’s muddled launch of the Build Back Better Business Council as well as the flopped reception of Rishi Sunak’s “Big Bang 2” is just the latest episode in this Conservative government’s dysfunctional relationship with business that stems from a

The paradox of free speech

In The Open Society and its Enemies, Karl Popper argued that unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. Intolerant groups will use their platform to dominate public discourse and institutions to destroy tolerance. Thus free speech can only

Knowing your limits

Smart campaigning through the pandemic intertwines the fate of our pubs with that of the nation For at least 250 years, we have been warned about the dangers of excess drink. Periodic panic over the morals of a nation pickled showed

Covid Vaccines – A dose of reality

It was a moment to rival the climax of the Cuban missile crisis.  Or perhaps the declaration of victory in Europe in 1945.  In Hollywood’s hands, world leaders would have been waiting anxiously by silent telephones, and crowds would have

The Shining City Upon A Hill

Magical realism and the US election In 1630, upon reaching the shores of New England, the Puritan John Winthrop delivered a sermon which became known as “A Modell of Christian Charity”. Like other idealistic religious devotees, Winthrop crossed the Atlantic with

A weak hand

The UK gambling sector has been on a dismal losing streak.  Seemingly mired in perpetual tabloid scandal, the sector has become a byword for consumer exploitation.  Lurid headlines about children gambling, addictive products, suicides, and the appropriation of sport for

Showing your metal

For the financial services sector, which has done a middling job since the crisis in demonstrating how it has become a better corporate citizen, sustainability is an especially arduous challenge. As intermediaries, market structure providers need to persuade that their