What Can English Cricket Learn From The Big Bash?

Tim Jotischky | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Sport
Tim Jotischky

Despite overcast skies and intermittent rain, the Big Bash Derby between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars on New Year's Day attracted more than 71,000 spectators - down on last year's 80,000 crowd, given the conditions, but still an attendance figure that marketing directors in England can only dream about.

Blaming the Euro for Greece Is Disingenuous at Best, Ignorant and Stupid at Worst

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

Greece has been adopted as a cause célèbre by Eurosceptics who have portrayed the debt situation as an example of EU and ECB bullying, an assault on democracy and the Greek people... Yet this approach is fraught with danger, especially here in the UK when a referendum is so close.

The Greek Tragedy: An Illogical Attachment to the Euro

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The misery of austerity suffered by the people will be prolonged, and will cascade onto future generations. Greece's sovereignty and independence are being sacrificed for what?

A Greek Tragedy That Can Only Be Ended by Greece Leaving the Euro

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What kind of system have we created where our elite inflict austerity on ordinary people that causes misery and suffering to millions, while financiers and gamblers of financial markets enjoy such a bonanza of riches? The mind boggles.

How Will the Eurozone Cope With the Next Downturn?

Simon Tilford | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Tilford

Spring brought a burst of sunshine over the eurozone economy. The French economy expanded rapidly in the first quarter of 2015 and even the Italian one managed respectable growth. Fiscal policy is no longer contractionary across the eurozone as a whole. Cheaper oil is boosting consumption. A weaker euro is boosting exports. And the ECB's quantitative easing appears to be working: money supply growth is picking up, suggesting deflationary pressures are easing.

Anger In Euroland, Where 'Good News' Is Just for the Markets

Martin Whitlock | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

European finance ministers reacted angrily, it was reported, to what they perceived to be Greek intransigence during their meeting in the Latvian capi...

Pyrrhic Victory Over Greek Monster

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Without a deal between Athens and Brussels and the IMF on economic reforms and repayments of loans within the next couple of months a Grexit or Graccident would be the most extreme outcome. We cannot rule out that the parties will fail to find a solution seeing as how the Greeks are dawdling and in the light of the harsh words uttered by, among others, Germany.

Glitter Attack Fails To Reform The European Central Bank

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics

How to you set about reforming the role of the European Central Bank? Wear a t-shirt with a logo and throw some paper in the air. That was the tactic ...

The Greek People Have Punctured the Smugness of the 'Moneymen'

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The humiliation of Greece by foreign politicians and unelected bodies, dictating what Greece must do regardless of what harm it causes its people, must be too much to bear in a country that gave the world the concept of democracy.

Europe's QE Programme Will Hit UK Manufacturers

Nicola Horlick | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Nicola Horlick

The UK consumer can look forward to further downward pressure on retail prices and this should lead to another increase in consumer spending. However, if the imbalances in the UK economy are to be addressed, British manufacturers urgently need to invest in order to increase productivity, which remains weak...

This Round of Quantitative Easing Will Be Socialism for the Rich

Richard Murphy | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Murphy

I am not opposed to turning on the money printing presses. But I am if the result is a boom to be followed by a bust with a few benefitting enormously at cost to many in the meantime. This is the time for QE, but Green QE is what we need and is not what we're getting.

Monkeys Humping Footballs: The ECB Has Gone Past Being Merely Ridiculous

Damian Reilly | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Sport
Damian Reilly

Despite the crushing weight of evidence over the last twelve months to support the assertion that Cook is a disastrous captain, Giles Clarke and co have never wavered in their support for him. He may be inept tactically, weak as a leader and struggling even to justify his place in the team, but he is handsome.

One Vital Detail Is Still Missing in the Kevin Pietersen Storm

Damian Reilly | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Sport
Damian Reilly

The ECB has still not said officially why he was sacked. It seems almost a small and inconsequential detail at this point, so much water having passed beneath the bridge and so many daggers having been placed so expertly between so many shoulderblades. But it is the most important detail of all.

Brace Yourself for the Next Financial Crisis - And The One After That

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

In a recent speech Angela Merkel stated that "the danger of another financial crisis is already pre-scripted." She is right.

Politics of More Importance Than Economics for the Eurozone

Jeremy Cook | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Mario Draghi reminded everyone gathered in Frankfurt and listening in around the world that it is not the ECB's decision as to whether to go ahead with asset purchases. Firstly, Eurogroup leaders would have to vote on it.

Just What's Behind The Sun's Groveling Apology To Cricketer Kevin Pietersen?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Sport

The Sun has issued a rare apology over a story claiming former England batsman Kevin Pietersen had returned his 100th Test gifts to the England and Wa...

'I'm Glad I'm Not In The Squad' - Pietersen Ends Silence On England Divorce

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Sport

Kevin Pietersen says it was "a relief" to escape the England dressing room when he was excluded from the team. England's record international run-s...

The ECB Is Not North Korea, Despite the Way It Acts

Damian Reilly | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Damian Reilly

The ECB, whether it likes it or not, is not North Korea. It cannot disappear people without explanation, nor can it lie to the public about maladies afflicting key apparatchiks without facing repercussion of any sort.

Bail in Replacing Bail Out

Paulo Casaca | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK
Paulo Casaca

In a press release dated February the 19th addressing the so-called "single resolution mechanism" to be decided by the European institutions, the Council of the European Union stated, in what is perceived as a negotiation declaration towards the European Parliament, there was agreement between the partners that: "bail-in and not bail-out is the main guiding principle for bank resolution."

Is Osborne Taking This Guy's Credit For The UK's Recovery?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics

Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, may have had "more to do" with the improving state of the UK's economy than George Osborne's poli...

The European Quantitative Uneasiness

Paulo Casaca | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

Whereas in the last few years the US, UK and Japan central banks have been busy flushing the market with money, things have not developed quite the same way in the Eurozone, as the European Central Bank (ECB) is still struggling to define its own role.

Kevin Pietersen - An Unmanagable Maverick or a Wasted Talent?

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

Pietersen is arguably the most talented English player of the modern era. Simply by looking at his statistics it's clear to see that he was on the way to smashing the record book and becoming an England legend. However, look past the statistics and some would say you'd find an enigmatic talent, unwilling to adapt his game or listen to authority.

ECB Offer Shoddy Explanation Over Kevin Pietersen Sage

Matt Broad | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Sport
Matt Broad

What the ECB did was wrong. Questions were answered, and I guess they still are, but they've done a disservice to someone that put 110% into England cricket. Regardless of the reports, the text messages, hands down he would be on that team sheet, for his sheer brilliance.

Pietersen Sacked: Cricketers Past And Present React To Batsman's England Sacking

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Sport

Kevin Pietersen's international career came to an end after nine turbulent years, with England's management deciding unanimously their relationship wi...

Should England Ditch Pietersen? (POLL)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Sport

England land back on home soil on Monday night with several issues to clarify ahead of the World Twenty20 tournament next month. Limited overs coac...