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Category: News & Articles

  • January 11, 2017

    It’s time Britain stopped dancing to the tech giants’ tune

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. It can be read online here. Few tears were shed last summer at the plight of Apple Corporation, whose sweetheart deal with the Irish government was ruled unlawful by the European Union to the tune of a £11bn fine. Predictably, Eurosceptic voices were raised on this […]
  • December 12, 2016

    Philanthropy in the City – My article from The House magazine

  • November 22, 2016

    Autumn Statement 2016: Looming dangers demand an urgent rethink of monetary policy in Britain

    A widely-held, but erroneous, view is that low interest rates act invariably as a welcome, unambiguous boost to business, consumers and the economy. Nonetheless, it seems almost incredible that the Bank of England has maintained an emergency rate since March 2009. The granting of (notional) independence over monetary policy to this institution has allowed politicians […]
  • November 8, 2016

    Britain is embracing free trade just as the world turns to protectionism

    In pointed contrast to President Obama, Donald Trump has promised Britain that it will be at the front of the queue for a free trade deal should he triumph in this week’s presidential election. Yet whether a President Trump, or indeed a President Clinton, would be minded to expend political capital on any trade deal […]
  • November 2, 2016

    Industrial strategy: not picking winners – but crucial to making Brexit a success

    Purists likely shuddered at Theresa May’s commitment to a ‘proper, modern industrial strategy’ as she reshaped the Business Department in July. Three decades of free market orthodoxy have convinced many business folk that a fully-fledged plan for industry represents a throwback to the 1970s, a decade when sickly British Leyland came to symbolise all that […]
  • October 14, 2016

    Wake up, policy-makers: The fintech paradigm shift could change everything

    Nowhere within the financial firmament does enthusiasm abound more right now than in the arena of fintech. Just as it has disrupted and revolutionised our social interactions and shopping habits, the internet is breeding new ways to cut the cost of transacting and pair those with capital with those seeking it. Peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding […]
  • September 18, 2016

    Yes, we need more grammars – but also more technical and vocational schools

    Theresa May’s bold and refreshing education speech last Friday has understandably triggered an explosion of forthright opinion on grammar schools. Beneath the headlines on selection, however, was an overlooked message to universities. Bursaries for disadvantaged children to go to the top universities are a belated antidote to poor quality primary and secondary education, the Prime […]
  • September 14, 2016

    UK insurers will thrive post-Brexit with the right competitive boost

    Rebalancing the economy away from financial services and our capital city has been the preoccupation of successive governments since 2008’s financial crisis. The sheer size of the banking sector, so the thinking went, alongside the absence of any second, truly global city beyond London, had made the UK too reliant upon the dominant industry of […]
  • September 9, 2016

    Mark visits the Regent Street cinema

    Following its opening last year, the University of Westminster’s Regent Street Cinema has been attracting visitors and film lovers from all over the city. Mark was invited to Regent Street to view the refurbished birthplace of British cinema – made possible by a £1.5million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant – by Stuart Hobley, Head of […]
  • August 24, 2016

    Action on nuisance street gamblers – have your say

    Mark is pleased to share the news that, after years of lobbying about the impact of nuisance gamblers on the area, the local authority is taking action. Westminster City Council have announced that they intend to implement Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)  in specific places where such anti-social behaviour persists.  PSPOs give the police and local […]