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I am not an economist. Until early 2014, I took a fairly close interest in economic debates, and tended toward the free-market point of view, though with a healthy respect for canny government intervention, both as polities tried to produce stable growth, and as they considered redistribution of wealth. I also very closely followed the “Happiness Debate”, in which I argued that market choice and material affluence were large social, pyschological and even spiritual benefits.

Be the Brightest and Best: vote Tory

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 27 April 2015. No comments.

Many people in the creative, inventive and caring industries – the Brightest and the Best – have never socialised with people who openly espouse the Conservative cause, or have only met them to have a row. This why they should expand their horizons….. More »

RDN on “Do we need The City?”

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs on 23 April 2015. One comment.

I have been invited to discuss  “Do we need The City?” at  The World Traders’ Tacitus Debate 2015, Wednesday 6 May 2015, King’s College London. My response is that as an engine of public trust, we don’t, because The City says nothing of interest. More »

The Establishment failed decent Tories

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs on 23 April 2015. No comments.

There is a class of Tory who would have liked to believe in a benign Establishment that looked after them, and indeed looked after everyone. Instead, they feel betrayed. Such Tories knew that (expensively and only after a fashion) the state looked after  the poor; but they believed Tories should provide for themselves. By the mid-1990s many such people from every class had started businesses and bought pensions. Many watched their pensions wither, and then were whacked – let alone petrified – by the crash. More »

RDN on tax and morality

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Handling protest / Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 11 June 2014. One comment.

I more or less said what I meant to at this event for Christian Aid/JustShare in the lovely St Mary-le-Bow, in the City.

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BBC R4 Sunday show: faith and business ethics,

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / RDN's media outings on 15 May 2014. No comments.

I contributed to a pre-recorded “package” for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme on an inter-faith initiative to produce (actually to update) a code of business ethics. This is the sort of thing I mulled-over as I prepared… More »

RDN on Michael J Sandel

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / On books on 1 May 2014. One comment.

I meant ages ago to write a note about Michael J Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy. I read it with mounting irritation and wanted just to mark people’s cards as best I could as to what to watch out for when they come to it…. More »

Ethics and capitalism, after the crash

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs on 1 May 2014. No comments.

The banking crash made us think about short-termism, the alignment of the interests of managers and shareholders, intellectual delusions and much else. At the heart of the problem is an almost philosophical issue as to the role of ethics and personal character at the heart of institutions. Characteristically, I think I have the answer to this…. More »

RDN on inequality on BBC R4 BH

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / RDN's media outings on 26 April 2014. No comments.

I was invited to debate inequality and bankers’ bonuses on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, from the home of W1A. This is what I scribbled down to inform my outing… More »

“Scrap the BBC!” Mk II

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / Politics & campaigns / Uncategorized on 24 March 2014. No comments.

The BBC is likely to become very small, or even disappear, if not paying the TV Licence fee becomes a civil offence (is decriminalised, in the jargon). What an extraordinary turn-up for those of us who thought the BBC an absurdity but also thought that its dismemberment would probably have to wait a generation. That is roughly where I was when I wrote “Scrap the BBC!” in 2006. Here is how things might turn out…. More »

RDN on BBC R2 on Mega-farms

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / RDN's media outings on 28 February 2014. No comments.

I had a fairly decent outing on The Jeremy Vine Show, whose stand-in host, Vanessa Feltz asked me and Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon (with Isabel Oakeshott) to discuss the arrival of mega-farms in the UK. Naturally enough, I stuck up for them… More »

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