Twisted logic


BY THE River Swincombe, on Dartmoor, are the ruins of John Bishop’s house. The tumbled-down building has been empty since, well, to look at it hundreds of years. Actually, it was occupied until 1911, and renovated in 1969 as a film set. So what? Well, to put it another way: there are many fine and…

Barclays and the price of dishonesty


British and American financial regulators have fined Barclays £290 million for attempting to manipulate Libor, the benchmark interest rate that is used globally to set the price of everything from credit card fees to corporate loans. What’s the point of that? Customers and shareholders will have to pay the fine, not the wrongdoers. And if…

The enemy within


This article first appeared here in The Herald on October 28, 2011, and seemed to generate some interesting debate online. Good. A BUNCH of pinko liberal whingers may have won the vote on a European Union referendum in Parliament this week, but we’ll be back. And back. And back … until we get our way.…