Brexit impact Ireland Mushroom industry example

The “wait and see” attitude on the economic impact of Brexit on Ireland has finally come home to roost – Dan O’Brien explains why ….

Five of Ireland’s 60 mushroom farms have so far gone out of business since the [Brexit] referendum, including two this week”. So reported Reuters last Friday. The mushroom industry, which employs 3,500 people in Ireland, sells four fifths of its produce to our nearest neighbour. It is, in many ways, the Irish canary in the Brexit coalmine. With Sterling collapsing, …

The 2016 US Elections are one of the most controversial ever … Thomas Wright our Trump Expert explains his foreign policy …

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 2016 US presidential election is the most consequential election for international order since the Second World War. America’s status as a liberal superpower is on the ballot. To understand Donald Trump’s foreign policy, we must distinguish between his three core beliefs that he has held for many decades and rarely if ever waivered from, the central themes …

Harvard Historian Niall Ferguson shares his insights on the US elections and it’s candidates ….

Simplifiers v. Complicators Opinion – Boston Globe – Niall Ferguson October 03, 2016 In a memorable phrase, the great historian Jacob Burckhardt warned against “terribles simplificateurs.” But there are also such things as terrible complicators. Last Monday night we saw the first of three showdowns between a terrible complicator — Hillary Clinton — and a terrible simplifier — Donald Trump. The first question …

Brilliant economist and speaker Liam Halligan shares his insights on what three possible Brexit outcomes are possible in the future.

 ‘Hard Brexit’ is the best way to fight global protectionism” – Liam Halligan, The Telegraph, 1st October, 2016 International commerce is stalling. The growth in worldwide exports of goods and services is this year set to fall below the expansion of global GDP for the first time in 15 years. That’s because myopic politicians, ignoring the lessons of history,are succumbing …

According to our world renowned financial historian Niall Ferguson – “Déclassé is a must-read essay by Harold James. This is how to use history to illuminate the present.”

Déclassé: Nothing New Under the Sun HAROLD JAMES Can we learn anything from past rounds of technological disruption and mass downward socio-economic mobility? The strange political dynamic of 2016 in advanced Western democracies has suddenly put what most take to be a new issue on the table: how to deal with the political consequences of social change that expresses itself …

John Mattone’s Survivial Guide

We have all been there, nicely tucked up in our comfort zone in work, confident our position is secure and our contribution valued, when boom! A new CEO is appointed and you are not feeling so cozy or confident now. John Mattone, our corporate culture expert, has just published his survival guide.

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Why negative interest rates are mad, bad – and dangerous

The article published in the spectator by Connect Speakers Bureau economist Liam Halligan is very revealing. Central banks’ latest wheeze may not boost growth, but it will have plenty of other consequences Liam Halligan 27 August 2016 What should we think about negative interest rates? What kind of Alice in Wonderland world are we living in when companies and households …