Dreaming of a Red Christmas

The scene is set for the Labour Party’s Christmas Carol Service in Party HQ. Jeremy Corbyn is on stage.     Jeremy Corbyn: Welcome comrades to the Labour Party Christmas party; so good they named it twice! Silence around the room Jeremy Corbyn: Tories out! All: TORIES OUT!!! {general cheering} Jeremy Corbyn: Yes, as I…

Tricolour down economics

Central banks and pension funds are embracing green and gold investments.     “FOLLOW the money,” encouraged the shadowy figure of Deep Throat during the Watergate crisis. His words might be wise counsel today for those worried about a Trump bump in global finances. According to a report issued on June 14th by the Official…

At the quiet limit of the world

I used the research for this post as the basis for an article commissioned by 1843 Magazine, the sister publication to The Economist. The article ‘Death by Design’ will appear in the June/July 2017 edition of 1843.  Dennis Barlow, anti-hero of Evelyn Waugh’s 1948 black comedy The Loved One, was as fascinated as he was appalled…