Both the leading candidates for the leadership of Britain’s opposition Labour party have now committed themselves to renationalising the country’s railways. But the state-owned British Rail was one if the most reviled institutions in the UK, and privatisation has delivered many relative benefits.
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19 August 2015, Financial Times
04 March 2015, Financial Times
Michael Porter warned on the danger of being “stuck in the middle”. Companies, he said, must either gain a cost advantage or emphasise product differentiation. But what really matters is enjoying a competitive advantage in the market position you choose.
13 August 2014, Financial Times
Established companies in all industries are inhibited in their response to radical change by vested interests inherent in their existing business models. Now, in publishing, it’s time for the author to be placed where he or she should be – in charge.
23 July 2014, Financial Times
Limited competition may actually yield worse results for customers than either full-blooded competition or a cartel. Perhaps that explains the particularly tentative approach of the Competition and Markets Authority.
26 March 2014, Financial Times
Just as dammed water finds new channels of escape, crowdfunding seems to provide a way around the blockage.
23 October 2013, Financial Times
If I had a million pounds for every time I have heard a possible reform opposed because “it wouldn’t have prevented Northern Rock or Lehman Brothers going bust”, I might now have enough money to bail out a bank.
04 September 2013, Financial Times
Modern life involves complex and multidimensional products. It is perhaps inevitable that price structures appear similarly complex and multidimensional.
21 August 2013, Financial Times
Humans have always found it hard to cope with the idea that every individual has a lifespan even as life itself goes on. The idea of a natural life cycle for a business, or industrial centre, is even more difficult to accept.
24 October 2012, Financial Times
Some complexity is unavoidable, but much of the complexity consumers experience is not.
19 September 2012, Financial Times
Effective banking reform should aim at structures, not at intensified supervision. Resilient systems are simple ones.
14 January 2011, Scottish Affairs
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