News & Discussion

The Chancellor’s growth plan: a 20th century response to 21st Century challenges

On Friday 23 September the Chancellor of the Exchequer made his ‘Growth Plan’ speech. While the news has been full...

Can ESG be saved? Only if it radically changes its definition of governance

On holiday in Italy recently, I got talking to Mario, a wine enthusiast. We discussed an outstanding white wine which came...

A little less wishful thinking, a little more listening please

‘In Stoke-on-Trent last month, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak traded blows over everything from credit card economics to Channel migrants…The...

A new prime minister and wealth creation

The UK is to have a new Prime Minister. Tax has dominated the debate between the leading candidates. True Conservatives, it...

Chaos, crisis, and hope

As I arrived at last Wednesday’s gathering, the (UK) government was collapsing. Over 50 ministers had resigned. Political journalists were...

What DAOs teach us

Don’t invest in something you don’t understand. That’s one of the most enduring – and soundest –  investment principles. Incomprehension...

Climate gloom – from chair action to share action

June 2022 Not a good month for those who worry about climate. We learned that the warming of the Northern...

Lazy labels about business purpose fuel the indignation industry

Talking recently to a small group of senior leaders, I realised that most of them were still at school when...

Stuart Kirk – an investment intermediary handicapped by his education

‘Who cares if Miami is going to be 6 foot under water. Amsterdam has been for centuries and it is a...

The Bewilderment Brew – how technology, privatisation and outsourcing combined can make life hard for customers

Sad as it may sound, some of the funniest conversations I’ve had recently have been about car parking at our...