All Blog Posts

Housing p*rn

I was given a tour round one of the old Victorian townhouses in Hampstead the other day. They may look big from the outside, but inside they’re, frankly, vast. A four storey stairwell, ceilings the height of my house and rooms that echo like ancient…

Banking (or many words to say little)

There have been a series of bizarre proposals to limit the size of banks in recent weeks, including from the governor of the Bank of England, various quarters in the US (although the preferred solution there is to allow the Federal Reserve to take on control of banks’ risk appetite…


MPs seem to be embroiled in various plots over tomorrow’s election of a new speaker for the House of Commons, the aim of which seem to be to make sure not too much reform happens (Guardian story, Times story, beautifully-tailored to their respective readerships).


A story of which I’m particularly proud in the Croydon Guardian here.

I am disturbed that people find it amusing.

Jurisprudential questions

Damian Chalmers, Professor of European Law at the LSE, writes in today’s Times that there should be a British body to determine which EU laws ought to be followed and which ought not. Well, that’s what he seems to write, anyway — it’s not entirely clear.

It’s an interesting idea…

Blood lines

The British National Party’s election broadcast anchors itself on the idea that because Britons fought for Britain in World War II, Britain (and, presumably, the UK) should be for Britons. Were British war heroes alive today, speculates the broadcast, they might “turn in their graves” to see “sponger” immigrants…