There’s an emphasis on radical uncertainty in Mervyn King’s new book “The End of Alchemy”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The excellent new book by Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, is inevitably noticed mainly for its views on banking regulation and t(...)

The Borgen palace in Copenhagen. “We could do worse than look beyond the fictional television series and seriously explore what the real Borgen offers us by way of a model.”

Borgen is a word which frequently trips from the mouths of commentators in the aftermath of the general election. This fictional television series ba(...)

British philosopher Bertrand Russell  (above)  and John Maynard Keynes both predicted shorter working time  in the 1930s. It has been a long time coming but maybe it is happening at last.  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Last week, at a social event for senior bankers, I found myself standing in a circle with six men making small talk. As I looked around the group, I n(...)

A woman  takes part in a demonstration against  plans to scrap the NHS bursary  in London. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Conjuring the world that fell apart in 1914, John Maynard Keynes zeroed in on a Londoner buying the “various products of the whole earth” via his beds(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his every utterance and dramatic pause was inevitably analysed for signs that they contained an election timing strategy hidden within. Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

The media has been itching for a general election in November, not caring who sees it scratch. “Extraordinary media frenzy about election timing – cre(...)

John Maynard Keynes is often quoted as saying: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Photograph:  Picture Post/Getty Images

When I was much younger and editing an economics journal, I published an article by a distinguished professor – more distinguished, perhaps, for his p(...)

People used to scoff at the idea of working 9 to 5. Now we can but dream of it. Working within such tight time limitations and with little sense of au(...)

Real Greek gross domestic product per capita fell 26 per cent from 2007 to 2013, compared with a German decline of 29 per cent from 1913 to 1919

Try to talk about the policies we need in a depressed world economy, and someone is sure to counter with the spectre of Weimar Germany, supposedly an (...)

 Barack Obama: it goes without saying the president’s fiscal proposals will be attacked by Republicans. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

By the time you read this President Barack Obama will have called for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few yea(...)

Experiences: when you’re biking “you’re really focusing, and that is hugely satisfying”, says James Wallman. Photograph: Daniel Milchev/Stone/Getty

As anyone with a Facebook page knows, as they scroll through other people’s family outings, kitesurfing adventures and faraway sunsets, “experience” i(...)

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