Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

Nigel Farage is No Patriot

Posted on April 5th, 2014

Nigel Farage makes a mockery of the word “patriotism” in his debate with Nick Clegg. He reduces it to what has been described as “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” [This article first appeared in The Huffington Post] Patriotism: Cultural attachment to one’s country and its values In this week’s second debate between Nick Clegg, Deputy […] ...Read more »

Is integrity the key ingredient in financial services?

Posted on March 31st, 2014

In a discussion with Sir James Wolfensohn, integrity emerges as the key ingredient to be sought within the financial services industry. This article was first published in The Huffington Post In the UK and elsewhere, the financial services industry is in the eye of the storm. The industry probably accounts for around 9.5% of UK […] ...Read more »

Ukraine is all about self-interest

Posted on March 17th, 2014

It is both foolish and dangerous for anyone to believe that the crisis in Ukraine has anything to do with moral principle or a commitment to international law. It is all about countries’ naked self-interest.  [This article was first published in The Huffington Post, The Euro Daily and Het Financieele Dagblad.] Countries don’t act on principle. […] ...Read more »

Mrs Merkel comes to London

Posted on March 6th, 2014

Merkel’s visit to London was a missed opportunity to start uniting all sides towards bringing the European Union into the 21st Century. [This article was published in Die Achse der Guten, The Huffington Post, The EuroDaily and Het Financieele Dagblad] Angela Merkel’s quasi-state visit to the UK was a long awaited affair. Her speech to the joint […] ...Read more »

Will immigration be the EU’s death knell?

Posted on February 26th, 2014

It’s not immigration but Brussels’ response that will endanger the future of the EU. [This article was first published in The Huffington Post and in The Euro Daily] The issue of immigration between EU countries is firing up emotions across the continent. While the issue has been thrown into sharp relief by the extension of […] ...Read more »

Let’s just buy the whole electricity grid

Posted on February 11th, 2014

How two twenty-somethings set up a co-operative to buy the grid and move Berlin towards a sustainable energy strategy. This article first appeared in The Guardian. “If we’re going to make a difference, then our only option is to buy the whole of the Berlin electricity grid.” This was the conclusion reached over a cup of […] ...Read more »