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The Brexit blog: trading on WTO terms

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Derry Journal, Holywell Trust

The prospects for a no deal Brexit have become widely discussed in the last few days, not least with Theresa May’s proposed withdrawal agreement having been decisively defeated in the.. read more

Global interest: British indifference

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in The Detail

A few days ago I was interviewed by two journalists from China Radio International.  They were in Derry to see the border and to listen to local people talking about.. read more

Fairtrade?

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Co-operative News

Traidcraft – one of the pathfinders of Fairtrade commerce in the UK – is in crisis.  After completing a restructuring exercise the organisation will be employing just 12 staff, down.. read more

Social mobility

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Accounting & Business

Countries and regions with poor social mobility are also more prone to corruption, or at least the perception of corruption, according to analysis undertaken by ACCA.  These findings – from.. read more

Leprechaun economics

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Accounting & Business

United States’ economist Paul Krugman used the term ‘leprechaun economics’ to explain the disparity between Ireland’s national accounts and the less glorious reality on the ground.  “Ireland, famously, is a.. read more

A ten year plan for a united Ireland

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

Whatever happens now with Brexit seems bound to make Irish reunification more likely.  A bad Brexit, perhaps with controlled borders, would create economic damage sufficient to encourage voters in Northern.. read more

Baltic fintech

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Accounting & Business

The Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – are world leaders in fintech.  According to a World Economic Forum report ­– ‘Europe’s Hidden Entrepreneurs’ –  Estonia is Europe’s number.. read more

Healthcare in ‘a new Ireland’

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Slugger O'Toole

In producing the report – now a book – ‘A New Ireland’ this year, I conducted lots of interviews asking people about the prospect of Irish reunification.  The issue of.. read more

Hope for social housing

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Accounting & Business

Housing associations are feeling more confident and more positive.  Prime minister Theresa May made a major speech this autumn at the annual conference of the National Housing Federation, the body.. read more

What would a ‘no deal’ Brexit look like?

Posted on December 30, 2018 · Posted in The Detail

https://www.thedetail.tv/articles/what-would-a-no-deal-look-like

December’s Brexit Blog

Posted on December 30, 2018 · Posted in Derry Journal, Holywell Trust

With just three months to go before the UK leaves the European Union, the politics of Brexit have heated up.  Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement was to have been voted on.. read more

The highs and lows of currency fluctuations for cross border workers

Posted on November 30, 2018 · Posted in The Detail

The highs and lows of currency fluctuations for cross border workers