Month: June 2012

Not always king, Mervyn

This is Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, on the subject of UK banks: “It is time to do something about the banking system”, the governor said. “Many people in the banking industry are hard-working and feel badly…

“Unabashed instruments of capital”

I’m wondering this evening, as European ministers and politicians various meet somewhere abroad to agree once more that they do not agree about the euro – and, especially, that they do not agree on how to make it just that…

Two questions for the banking fraternity today

As per reports this morning, it looks like other banks – alongside Barclays – may have been involved in the alleged interbank interest rate-fixing scam.  Two questions, then, for the banking fraternity this morning.  First, prompted by a friend’s observation…

Fabregas and the ball #euro2012

This is me, a couple of days ago: The final stage leads to death – or, in football, to that late goal which is bound to come after so many waves of debilitating attacks: And (the bold is today’s): And…

Cameron the adman – and the hardest sell of all

David Cameron is – above all – an adman.  And to understand his approach to politics, you need understand nothing more than the hard sell.  Wiktionary defines it thus: Noun hard sell (plural hard sells) A sales technique of pressuring the potential buyer to agree to a purchase. A…

Tiki-taka – the footballer as bullfighter

I’ve been thinking about this for a while.  Those who criticise the characteristically Spanish style of passing football will accept that: Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch,[16] […] but will also argue that: [it] can also be taken…

Migration and me: a personal story

I only applied to one university in 1980.  I only applied for one course of study.  I couldn’t see myself lasting out any other of the offerings at the time.  I made a mistake filling out my application form and…