People often approach the issue of gay rights (if one can even call it an issue) from the "doing the right thing" perspective, meaning that supporting the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people is the right thing to do because everyone should be free to be who they are without facing discrimination of any kind.
Four words essentially ended capitalism: Too big to fail. If that isn't fascism by its very definition, then clearly something big is missing. A model to look on and admire is Iceland - an economy that collapsed, arrested those responsible and now have a sound footing economically. That is what true capitalism is.
In Europe, the pace has been considerably slower still. According to the Financial Times (2014.01.05) analysing a leaked proposal of the European Commission with a "narrowly defined version of the US Volcker rule" the official calendar expects an agreement no sooner than December 2015, the dates of its real implementation being anyone's guess.
Ever since a certain Mr. Ivy Lee created the first press release on behalf of a railway comapny in the event of a big railway accident more than a 100 years ago, press releases have been integral part of any Public Relations endeavor, be it for individuals, organisations, business entities or government agencies.
The Chancellor's announcement today is audacious. He rode roughshod over a careful and open appointments procedure to ensure that Britain will, for the next eight years have a governor of the Bank of England whose experience, history and record is totally aligned with 'the takers' - the bankers and speculators that have asset-stripped the British economy.
I've written previously about 'green' non-governmental organisations and their penchant for protectionism. But as the European Environmental Paper Network met over the past few days in Portugal (my invite must have been lost in the post), I thought I'd bring to you a video worth watching and sharing.