Competence starts to replace charisma as a key factor in politics as the pandemic continues
2nd May 2021 by

The appalling tragedy in India reminds us that the Covid pandemic is very far from being solved. And...

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US chemical companies face ‘wake-up call’ as Biden focuses on the Climate Change agenda
13th December 2020 by

I worked for many years at a world-leading chemical company, ICI. But sadly, it lost its way as seni...

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OPEC set to lose out as Biden, EU and China focus on Climate Change opportunities
6th December 2020 by

OPEC used to dominate global oil markets. In the early 1980s, there was even talk of another OPEC ca...

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If you don’t want to know the future, look away now
25th October 2020 by

Next week, I will publish my annual Budget Outlook, covering the 2021-2023 period. It will highlight...

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What will happen if President Trump loses the election?
4th October 2020 by

I spent from September 2015 onwards, during the last US Presidential election, trying to explain why...

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“They may ring their bells now, before long they will be wringing their hands”
15th March 2020 by

The wisdom of Sir Robert Walpole, the UK’s first premier, seems the only possible response to ...

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UK election offers voters no middle ground in December
3rd November 2019 by

Pity the poor UK voters as they prepare to vote in probably the most critical election of their live...

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China’s renminbi and the global ring of fire
1st September 2019 by

China’s property bubble puts it at the epicentre of the ring of fire © Reuters  China’s de...

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Resilience amidst headwinds is key for H2
30th June 2019 by

Resilience is set to become the key issue as we look forward to H2, as I note in a new analysis for ...

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Europe’s auto sector suffers as Dieselgate and China’s downturn hit sales
16th June 2019 by

Trade wars, Dieselgate and recession risk are having a major impact on the European auto industry, a...

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