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April 3, 2012

“Nothing so undermines your judgement as the sight of your neighbour getting rich,” wrote JP Morgan in 1905. As I write, a telecom company is digging up the street outside the window, laying cables, promising me the world from my living room in a matter of months. The gouging out of Ireland’s road network is happening in every town and has been for the past six months at least. More

March 25, 2012

Think about the guy who has just won a rake on the horses or the lotto. The becomes everyone’s mate, doling out sweeties in a new pub, which he has now decided to frequent. There he meets new mates and when not buying rounds, he’s down the bookies. His life quickly loses its ballast. More

February 2, 2012

In the week Facebook announces a floatation archives from 2006 on the Arctic Monkeys and the impact of the internet on the music industry and from ten years ago, warning against paid-off economists pretending to be objective analysts for the housing market. More

January 21, 2012

This day ten years ago, arguing that the mortgage system was skewed completely in favour of the banks and this week, five years back, arguing for early intervention our education system. More

January 13, 2012

From this week five years ago, podcast of me and Dan Mc Laughlin debating house prices – a cracker! More

December 30, 2011

This week 5 and 10 years ago. More

December 16, 2011

As the US pulls out of Iraq and we in Ireland are faced, in 2012, with choosing between a tighter relationship with core Europe or something looser with Britain as our key ally, the article from ten years ago this week on the nature of empires and diplomacy is still valid. Remember this was written three months after 9/11 well before the invasion of Iraq when America was regarded as a “hyper-power”. More

December 9, 2011

Morning, More

December 2, 2011

Yesterday the possible failure of a major European bank is likely to have been the trigger for the central banks of the world to hit the panic button and in so doing, admit that the European banking system is in tatters. More

November 23, 2011

Dear Reader, More

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