Bulletin: the global commodity stories of 2013

Earlier this week I spent some time with Javier Blas, the FT’s delightful and clever Commodities Editor. Over an expresso we talked about skiing (Javier is an expert, his father was a national champion) and the outlook for Spain (poor) and the year ahead. Javier talked me through the big events coming up in commodities […]

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Notes on the future of America

On Wednesday 14th November my firm hosted a discussion between Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG (UK Ambassador to the US, 2007/12) and Justin Webb (BBC Today Programme Presenter and BBC North American Editor, 2006/09) at the Royal Automobile Club in London. Here is a summary I wrote up that afternoon: 1. The 2012 Presidential Election Result The satirical news […]

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Notes on war, and peace

From the Foreword to ‘The Battle of the Narrow Seas’, A History of the Light Coastal Forces in the Channel and North Sea, 1939/45’ by Lt. Cdr. Peter Scott (Hazel, Watson & Viney Ltd., 1945) – “a history of the struggle for the control of the Narrow Seas which stretch north-east and south-west from the […]

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Two black swans prepare for take off

When I was running the cross-party campaign opposing UK membership of the euro (‘europe yes, euro no‘, 2000-03), the things that used to keep me awake at night were the things over which I had no control. I wasn’t worried about raising enough money, or winning the daily skirmishes against our opponents, or building our […]

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