Inflation, cost disease and lessons from the National Children’s Hospital debacle
This generation of politicians came of age in a world of austerity, populism, and pandemic, which have combined to galvanise a growing consensus on the role of the state. Inflation that could soon lay waste to their current orthodoxies.
19th Oct, 2021 - 4 min read
Labour strikes, surging inflation, fuel poverty: Getting set for the UK’s winter of discontent
It is understandable why many commentators are likening the current period of crisis in the UK to the winter of discontent. However, when you dig into the data, today’s situation is much more nuanced.
18th Oct, 2021 - 5 min read
“Once Paddy’s pipes are by my side”: The death of a chieftain and a legacy that’s eternal
Paddy Moloney's friendship with Seán Potts led to the foundation of The Chieftains and the transformation of traditional music. Potts's son, Seán, recalls the genius of Moloney and his father's enduring relationship with Paddy.
16th Oct, 2021 - 6 min read
Competition killing machines: Could the tech titans go the same way as the railroad barons?
The process of clawing back monopolistic powers gained by the FAANG tech leaders will be uncomfortable for investors, but necessary for the technology sector to return being a major driver of global innovation. Otherwise, they will go the way of the railroad barons.
15th Oct, 2021 - 7 min read
Instead of fiddling with EIIS, or spraying money around through state-backed funds, why not just cut capital taxes ?
Low corporation tax built Ireland's FDI machine. But our other capital taxes are among the OECD's highest. Why not run the same play again instead of tweaking with EIIS?