Modernity equates to a secular view of the world. Religion will slowly wither away. Globalisation is a new force in the world, spreading modernity, finally spelling religion's death-knoll. Well, no. A popular view but popular views are sometimes wrong. The obituary of God has been written many times.
Unlike Ed Miliband, I won't sit around deriding improved employment figures. There are problems we must fix instead of running negative campaigns - for instance, ONS estimates suggest that the average (median) income of the self-employed has fallen by around 22% since 2008, at least in part because many of the self-employed are working fewer hours than they would like. As the economy improves in the years ahead, some may prefer to move back for the security of full-time employment - if so, they will take with them valuable experience of huge benefit to the organisations they join.
The intention of this proposal is to provide adequate documentation to keep financial records and also to provide legal disclaimers for the purposes of protecting the account operator and user in a court of law if legal action was taken against them....
oday we have the collective duty to protect our people and our environment. It's time to reign in the arbitrary actions of corporate power and create the conditions for a more just and respectful world.
In this time of high unemployment and economic downturn it may be appropriate to look to a new way of dealing with running a small business that reduces the length of time of administration. One way of doing this is to offer a new classification of employment that enables an individual to operate a business free of regulation and possibly tax until their income passes into a higher threshold.
Over the next few months I'm going to be leading research at RBS on this topic. We'll be talking to our customers about interest rates and the decisions they think they'll make when rates change. We want to understand how we, and the industry itself, can help. This won't end the fevered speculation about the timing of the first rate rise, but next time you're listening to the debates, ask yourself this question. Does this tell me what I really need to know about UK interest rates?
Football is too expensive - regardless of how you watch it. You'll struggle to find a fan in the whole of the UK that doesn't agree. The BBC have just commissioned their yearly "cost of football survey" and the results are hardly surprising.
We hear a lot about the perceived negatives of immigration, which it turns out can be pretty much anything if you hate facts and can be inventive enough with your arguments; but we never hear about the absolute, basic, inarguable economic fact that immigration is essential to our wellbeing as a nation.
Economists trying to figure out what is going on in the UK economy, and specifically why the number of people saying they are self employed is so high, should perhaps look no further than recent data on on-line selling by households from the Office of National Statistics...
We are witnessing a crisis of wellbeing at work. Official statistics paint a picture of a nation that is stressed, anxious, overworked and insecure. UK employees work some of the longest hours in Europe, and over half of them are worried about losing their jobs. Far from being the price we pay for a competitive economy, this is economically disastrous: sickness absence alone costs the economy an estimated £100billion a year, and longer hours are associated with worse productivity. Our relentless search for growth is not only destroying the quality of our lives: it's failing even on its own terms.
I was recently in China for the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of New Champions. This 'summer Davos' draws Global Growth companies, tech entrepreneurs, young global leaders and scientists from around the world each September...
The latest plan to bring our two trading blocs closer together has been met with similar levels of cynicism, but will lay the foundations for a trading future that will keep the EU and US at the forefront of international commerce, progress and prosperity.
Did anyone spot the commitment in both the main parties' conference speeches to create a new workforce of thousands of young people - millions even - paid just £2.73 an hour? Actually the initiative wasn't just spotted but welcomed, alongside promises on zero hours contracts and the National Minimum Wage.
Today I am issuing a challenge. I want all FTSE 100 companies to sign up to Time to Change. The tens of millions of people who support them to be in that elite club work in incredibly demanding circumstances. Not only is it right their employees get the support and advice they need about their mental health, but the employers will set a shining example for the whole business sector to follow.
If we are ever to have a hope of rebalancing the books, meeting the future costs of the NHS, and satisfying our pension liabilities we need to look beyond capitalism. It's served a fortunate few well, but it has failed the majority. It's time to bury it alongside socialism and look for a better successor to both.
TTIP will subject Europe to American-style 'light touch' regulation for corporate take-overs and practices. It will drape a constant shadow of uncertainty over public services in the form of possible aggressive private take-overs.