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Adair Turner: the full transcript, Chunomics

Adair Turner: the full transcript

* Backs a 50p top rate of tax, but not a mansion tax
* Admits that the merger of Lloyds and HBOS during the financial crisis was a mistake
* Treasury resisted pressure from former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King to put more capital into RBS
* Outlines why he disagrees with the present Governor, Mark Carney, on the desirability of rising debt to GDP levels

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 9:56 am

Is the lake pictured on every iPad secretly cursed?, Eagle Eye

Is the lake pictured on every iPad secretly cursed?

If I had not wound up my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (book still available here), this would be a jewel of the collection:
Is the lake pictured on every iPad secretly CURSED by the ghosts of disabled babies who were thrown into its waters because they wouldn’t survive?
To which the answer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 4:15 pm

Cameron the productivity destroyer, Chunomics

Cameron the productivity destroyer

It’s one-eyed to hype the jobs figures over the past four years without mentioning the fact that output growth has been abysmal.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 2:05 pm

Footballing History, Eagle Eye

Footballing History

There is a nice line in Jim Murphy’s book, The 10 Football Matches That Changed The World … and the One That Didn’t (that was the Christmas game in no-man’s land in 1914) about Tony Blair.
Murphy, now shadow International Development Secretary, tells the story of Blair’s visit to John Burton’s house in Sedgefield, the last [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 10:47 am

Sidesplitting, Eagle Eye

Sidesplitting

Say what you like about the Daily Mail, but when it does its humorous, sideways look at something, such as a tribute to Rik Mayall, the tears run down one’s face:
The idea of an MP-cum-weapons-dealer was funny in 1987, but it wouldn’t really become believable for another 15 years, until the Blair era.
Christopher Stevens, we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 6:07 pm

Top 10 Best Rhymes in Songs, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Best Rhymes in Songs

The Top 10 in The Independent on Sunday magazine yesterday was Best Rhymes in Songs, a sequel to Top 10 Worst Rhymes last year.
As ever, there is a bit of over-matter to be added to the record here:
“Two old ladies sittin’ in the sand, each one wishin’ the other was a man.” Lonnie Donegan. Nominated [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 11:00 am

Blair is un-Blairite on free movement of EU workers, Eagle Eye

Blair is un-Blairite on free movement of EU workers

I agree with Ed Miliband and disagree with Tony Blair about Europe in my column for The Independent on Sunday today.
Here is a graph that shows the relative success of Miliband and Yvette Cooper’s approach to the question of immigration. YouGov regularly asks: “Which political party [do] you think would handle [asylum and immigration] best?” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 2:42 pm

Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?, Eagle Eye

Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

It’s a QTWTAIN, a Question To Which The Answer Is No, asked by Jamie Bartlett at the Spectator. But I was struck by this sentence:
According to Google’s Ray Kurzweil, in 2045 we will reach what’s known as ‘Singularity’: the point at which artificial intelligence becomes so advanced that it begins to produce new and ever [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 2:00 pm

Hate, fear and division are returning to our society, Eagle Eye

Hate, fear and division are returning to our society

The British Social Attitudes Survey found the proportion of Britons who admit to being racially prejudiced has risen since the start of the millennium.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 3 June 2014 at 12:43 pm

Pluralism, Eagle Eye

Pluralism

My Top 10 in the New Review, the Independent on Sunday magazine, today is Plurals That Have Become Singular. It is a guest performance by Rich Greenhill, a virtuoso of language curios, who supplied all 10, including his (and my) favourites, “dismal” and “Sweden”.
Greenhill had suggested even more, including the delightful fact that MMR, measles, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 1 June 2014 at 8:36 pm


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