Category: Economist’s perspective

Don’t get ill at weekends

I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last post but I’ve been rather busy with our new baby boy, Amos. One thing that became apparent during the birth was that hospitals really aren’t geared up to work evenings or…

Efficient Email

A short blog post this week but on a topic that I think will resonate with every reader – email. I seem to spend most of my working day on email, and I don’t think I’m alone. A US study…

Tuition Fees Debacle – Still too early to tell

Yesterday, the University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) released the application numbers following the official 15 January deadline. The headline figure was a drop of 10 percent in UK university applications by English applicants. However, the picture is confusing. There…

The future of the high street

We’re only a few weeks from the birth of our first child and my wife and I are concerned about slipping into middle age already. The thought of us still listening to the same music collection we had 5 or…

Digital Piracy – FACT or Fiction?

From midnight tonight, the English version of Wikipidea, the world’s 6th most visited site, will go dark for 24 hours in protest at SOPA – the Stop Online Piracy Act. Piracy, according to the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America),…

Legal Aid Cuts – A False Economy?

Today is the launch my of my long-awaited report on the Government’s legal aid reforms which found that for every £1 cut from the legal aid budget less than 42 pence will actually be saved from the public purse. The…

Supermarket Price Wars = Bigger Profits

My posts appear to be coming monthly affairs. My new year’s resolution is to do better in 2012! It’s frustrating that I’ve been so busy because there’s so much to write about: the EU debacle, public sector pensions, the NHS…

Population time bomb? 7 billion mouths to feed

According to the UN, yesterday the world’s population reached 7 billion and is predicted to grow to 8.9 billion by 2050. This is an estimate and we can’t be so sure that it’s true. These latest projections have reignited the…

The price of everything and the value of nothing

Apologies everyone but it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve had a busy summer completing my review of the Government’s legal aid reforms for The Law Society and preparing for Little Cookson’s arrival next year (apparently it’ll be…

The Power of Probability

Intuitively, we know what probability is: the chance or likelihood of an event happening. Nothing bar death (not even taxes) is certain and probability is therefore critical for analyzing life and business decisions correctly. Yet while most people understand what…