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Why Mrs Europe is bashing the bankers

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Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to ban “short selling” shows how deluded and divided the political class is. Read my spiked article in full here.

Observations on Tuesday’s votes

Some quick observations about the results of the various elections that took place on Tuesday: Neither party can be said to have come out of it better than the other. The Democrats’ victory in John Murtha’s old House seat in western Pennsylvania, in particular, showed that it wasn’t an entirely Republican day, as some had […]

Who is Elena Kagan?

Yes, like you, I’ve read the profiles in the New York Times and Washington Post. But I’m still no wiser: I still don’t have a clue as to what she thinks. My question and concern is not because Kagan has never been a judge before; although judicial experience has been customary in recent decades, it’s […]

Deal with Fannie and Freddie now

A Financial Times’ editorial announces that “financial reform is coming to the US”.  But the Obama administration is trying to ensure that reform of the so-called “toxic twins” – the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – doesn’t come to the US anytime soon. Fannie and Freddie were taken under federal government “conservatorship” in […]

Gulf oil spill: don’t run away from risks

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from the accident on the BP-owned drilling rig known as Deepwater Horizon occurred almost three weeks ago, and it has incurred a terrible toll. Eleven died, hundreds have had their economic livelihoods disrupted, and there is significant damage to the environment. BP, assisted by the US government […]

Times Square and the resilient response to terrorism

All the buzz in New York today is about the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, who is accused of attempting to set off a car bomb in Times Square. Before Shahzad’s arrest was announced, James Fallows wrote an interesting piece in The Atlantic on the Times Square bomb threat. Fallows says that “we have seen a New […]

Don’t boycott Arizona!

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In response to the Arizona immigration law introduced about 10 days ago, various pro-immigration groups condemned Arizonans for being bigots, and have called for a boycott of the state. But name-calling and boycotting are the wrong ways to oppose Arizona’s law, and will only make matters worse.  I say this as someone who opposes the law. […]

The Tea Party? Get over it already

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In their discussion of the Tea Party as “delirious” and “unhinged”, liberals like Bill Clinton are exposing their own snobbery. Read my spiked article in full here.

Congress vs. Wall Street

Which institution is more disliked, Congress or Wall Street? The Financial Times today writes about President Obama’s trip to Iowa, “in an attempt to fire up disillusioned supports and fend off a rout in November’s congressional elections”. The article concludes with a quote from Bill Schneider, an analyst at the left-leaning Third Way think tank: If there […]

SEC-Goldman: enough with the conspiracy talk

The SEC’s filing of a civil lawsuit against Goldman Sachs is clearly convenient for the Obama administration and the Democrats, considering that this is a critical period for financial reform legislation. But some critics have gone further and suggested that the timing indicates a conspiracy between the SEC and the administration. The SEC is an independent agency, and therefore […]

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