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Hairy issue helps solve rules dilemma

Regulation by rules is all very well; regulation by values is indispensable.

The key to the banks

Great size is a warning of trouble ahead in the banking industry; and the trouble may be for the taxpayer as much as the shareholder.

Tick here if you have understood

Should regulations be clear, transparent and certain? To answer the question one must recognise the importance of informal systems of cultural regulation.

A fair trade in governance

The management and governance of LIFFE is not an easy job. Exchanges are natural monopolies, and provide benefits which are valuable only in what they make possible.

When the competitor turns predator

When is a price cut bad for consumers? When it is predatory.

A mystery solved

Gordon Brown should be criticised if he does not propose a root and branch reform of corporation tax within the life of this parliament.

Time to let go

The “regulation” of the banking industry is more like “supervision”. The difference is more than semantic, and the result is less than satisfactory.

Don’t just do it

When should a government intervene in the market? It is not clear what New Labour thinks is the answer.

Now mind the gap

The Bank of England should get on with the job of setting interest rates and other monetary activities, and be held accountable for how well it performs. Instead, everyone wants to retain control over decisions while shedding responsibility for outcomes.

A cowboy culture

How are we to deal with businessmen who won’t play fair? There are three responses, and the one most under-rated is to regulate by a system of values.

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