Julius Caesar was an early adopter (“I came, I saw, I conquered”), Napoleon Bonaparte took up the mantel, Benito Mussolini fancied himself as such and Adolf Hitler came within an ace of succeeding. Now we have Jean-Claude Juncker.
Author The City Grump
The eye popping outturn of the general election combined with subsequent events I am sure makes most of us despair of our political classes. What is going on in Britain today and what can be done?
One of the key tenets of the liberal establishment, and no doubt we shall be fed much more of this in the current election campaign, is cheap labour is essential for the smooth functioning of the UK and other advanced economies. They are oh so wrong.
Ex-chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has besmirched his former title, The City Grump explained in his latest column.
Thank goodness the sub optimal players at the heart of our financial establishment – like Charlotte Hogg, Hammond and Carney – are beginning to feel the heat.
Judging by this week’s omnishambles Budget, the Treasury would indeed be more at home with Jeremy Corbyn.
In the run up to this year’s Davos gathering of the great and the something or other, the founder of the World Economic Forum, professor Klaus Schwab, issued an extraordinary one pager in the 11 January edition of the Financial Times.
With 2017 upon us, will Theresa May have the courage to wake the nation from its slumber? It’s a question the City Grump has set out to answer.
One of the great benefits of the outcome of the referendum vote is that it has identified a whole array of emperors who are wearing no clothes. What is the collective noun for such? Perhaps a “bombastic” of emperors. Let’s start with the most topical right now, one Mark Carney.
In a report just out from the High Pay Unit it is noted that FTSE 100 CEOs enjoy average remuneration of £5.5m a year, which has increased by ten per cent in the last year. Let me explain the dismaying connection between this state of affairs and the, by now, infamous BHS pension fund deficit.
The European Central Bank (ECB), as part of its stimulus package, has been merrily buying bonds in a multitude of EU domiciled companies at a mind boggling pace of €300m a day. If that isn’t mega State Aid then I’m the Dutch president of finance ministers.
Mark Carney needs no introduction – it seems wherever there is a podium, camera, or journalist there he is. So it comes as no surprise that the lure of the referendum and its result has proven irresistible to his natural tendency to speak out.