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5 things about this week (2 April 2019)

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Since I last wrote, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pre-announced her resignation to the Conservative parliamentary party in a last-ditch, desperate effort to win enough votes for Brexit deal. Ordinarily, that news alone would dominate (…)

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5 things about this week (21 March 2019)

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Until last night, I was a supporter of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. As I wrote last week: For all its many flaws, and it’s certainly a marked trade-down on our exceptionally good deal as an EU (…)

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5 things about this week (14 March 2019)

by Stephen Tall on March 14, 2019

Embed from Getty Images Even by Brexit’s crazy standards, that was a roller-coaster of a week. It started with Theresa May speeding to Strasbourg in a desperate attempt to maintain the fiction there had been genuine concessions from the European (…)

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5 things about this week (5 March 2019)

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2019

We’ve all had a week off Brexit, courtesy the scuttle-diplomacy of Theresa May and her attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, who are both doing their best to look busy in the hope that their blatant attempts to run down the clock (…)

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5 things about this week (15 Feb 2019)

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2019

So we’re heading for a no-deal Brexit. That, at any rate, is the mood music this week from well-informed observers like ITV’s Robert Peston and Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh. Waugh’s account is particularly eye-catching for its claim that Theresa May’s (…)

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5 things about this week (18 Aug 2018)

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2018

I came across the origin of the ‘disposition effect’ this week, via Matthew Syed’s Times column about financial trader-turned new Chelsea coach, Maurizio Sarri. The term was coined by a behavioural finance academic, Terrance Odean, who observed ‘the tendency of (…)

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5 things about this week (1 Jun 2018)

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2018

What I’ve been thinking… Has the centre of British politics really run out of ideas? It’s the kind of casual remark which will get wise politico heads nodding in agreement. But I’m not sure I go along with it. After (…)

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Tim Farron hasn’t put a foot wrong for the Lib Dems since 23 June

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2017

I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while, but it was a flippant tweet from a Sun journalist which eventually provoked me into tweeting a pat on the back to Tim Farron, a party leader I think (…)

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Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ – sign the petition, write to your MP

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2017

I’ve spent the past 24 hours watching events unfold in the US, feeling angry, horrified – and helpless.  Two small (I’m well aware) practical things I’ve done are:  (1) sign that petition – it’s not really how I’d have worded it, but sometimes (…)

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Brexit: the problem with promising a second referendum

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2016

Embed from Getty Images I get why Tim Farron has promised the Lib Dems are committed to holding a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. There is a good principled reason for doing so. Regardless of (…)

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