Capitalism

Capitalism, Europe

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

You have to pity those poor Spaniards. As propitiatory sacrifices to euromoloch, their unemployment rate remains stubbornly around the 18 per cent mark a full decade after the financial crisis, and most of their young people now seem to be making lattes for Londoners. In Britain, we complain about the […]

by × May 10, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Liberty

Everybody is a loser from the Uber ruling; free contract is the foundation of freedom

Everybody is a loser from the Uber ruling; free contract is the foundation of freedom

Uber ruling: Drivers and consumers alike stand to lose out That the courts have ruled that Uber must treat its drivers as employees is lamentable for all sorts of reasons, but there are far more losers than a narrow assessment of the case suggests. If we give the courts the […]

by × October 31, 2016 ×

Capitalism

Why shouldn’t footballers get rich?

It is not a good time for football at the moment. No sooner had we lost one England manager in the aftermath of yet another humiliating early tournament exit (this time to a country with the population of Swansea) than another was embroiled in a financial scandal. Add to this the […]

by × October 21, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Leftwatch, Liberty

Why the socialist resentment of wealth is so wrong

Why the socialist resentment of wealth is so wrong

One of the most common world views I’ve come across in my time as an activist is the notion that wealth is a noun. The concept that wealth is something you can physically take from someone who has is it, and give it to someone who does not. This is […]

by × September 7, 2016 ×

Capitalism

What is really causing wealth inequality?

Economic or “wealth inequality” is undeniably a huge problem, not just in Britain but across the world. Increasingly it seems that those at the top are collecting vast quantities of wealth while those at the bottom are left to scratch a living from their low-wage labour. So perhaps it isn’t […]

by × August 21, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Liberty

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe wants the state
to restrict consumer choice

Capitalism and business are different things. Few stories illustrate that fact quite so sharply as the news that big retailers are demanding that the Government impose mandatory controls on what they can sell. Apparently the British Retail Consortium is ‘disappointed’ that Theresa May’s new health drive is voluntary. Mike Coupe, […]

by × August 21, 2016 ×

Capitalism

What’s wrong with commodification?

One of my pet peeves is a particular brand of wooly-political thinking whereby individuals denounce the ‘commodification’ of things that, according to them, shouldn’t be commodified. It’s usually things like health care and/or education which said individuals wrap in soppy, emotional rhetoric and reams upon reams of abstract concepts because […]

by × August 18, 2016 ×

Capitalism

How did telly get so damn good?  The market of course!

How did telly get so damn good?
The market of course!

I must confess I was never the biggest Game of Thrones fan. I thought it was all right and I kept up with it so I could avoid the social stigma of being the only person in the office not to have seen it – Westeros Leprosy if you like […]

by × August 16, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Taxation

My name is Emily and sometimes I avoid tax

My name is Emily and sometimes I avoid tax

Tax avoidance Noun The arrangement of one’s financial affairs to minimise tax liability within the law. It’s awful isn’t it? People avoiding tax. They are scum, cheating the state of its rightful property. It might be legally OK, but it is morally wrong. These are the kinds of things I […]

by × April 6, 2016 ×

Capitalism

The impotence of the middle-class Left

The impotence of the middle-class Left

How many times has someone described themselves to you as an ‘Anti-Capitalist’? Whether on a Facebook profile or after 3 drinks at a party, some people love nothing more than to label themselves with this pseudo-rebellious moniker (ironically they tend to be the same people who use phrases like, “I […]

by × March 27, 2016 ×

Capitalism, News

Uber has not won a victory in London

Uber has not won a victory in London

Today Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London have announced new regulations for private hire vehicles. It’s not about all private hire vehicles though – these new regulations are aimed specifically at making it harder for Uber to operate in London and protecting black cabs from competition. As […]

by × January 20, 2016 ×

Capitalism

The internet schools George Lucas in the ways of the market

The internet schools George Lucas in the
ways of the market

“People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.” George Lucas before Congress, 3 March, 1988 I spent this week very happily watching the original Star Wars trilogy, as it was screened in cinemas between 1977 and […]

by × January 19, 2016 ×