Random Musings

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

The myth of Tory economic competence

Posted on November 23rd, 2015

The Liberal Democrats brought not only moderation but economic competence. Since taking sole charge of the Treasury, George Osborne’s approval ratings have plunged from positive territory to minus seventeen This article was first published in the Huffington Post. George Osborne has confused accounting with economics. In his obsession with making the numbers add up to […] ...Read more »

Volkswagen scandal a failure of leadership not management

Posted on October 1st, 2015

The VW scandal is a failure of leadership not a failure of management. Such failure spreads beyond any single company and suggests that something is rotten in the state of business. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post, in the Times of Malta and in Het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch) The Volkswagen scandal of widespread deception of […] ...Read more »

Is the refugee crisis soluble?

Posted on September 30th, 2015

The refugee crisis risks sending Europe into a tailspin and threatening some of the founding principles of the European Union. A broader, more far-reaching set of solutions are called for. This article was first published in the Huffington Post and in Die Achse des Guten. In February last year I wrote an article titled “Is […] ...Read more »

Only Poor Management Holds Down Wages

Posted on September 17th, 2015

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Solving The Productivity Dilemma

Posted on August 31st, 2015

Most standard measures of productivity are outdated and even harmful. Productivity matters at the level of the individual firm. Measuring it at an aggregate, national level is of doubtful value. This article was first published in the Huffington Post Productivity is at the top of everyone’s list of issues that need to be addressed. The […] ...Read more »

Democracy and the UK Labour Party

Posted on August 18th, 2015

In the current UK Labour party leadership election, the party elite has come face to face with democracy at work – and they don’t like it one bit. But are the people right? Does Jeremy Corbyn represent Labour’s best electoral hope? This article first appeared in the Huffington Post. Berthold Brecht once came up with […] ...Read more »