It’s the Economy Stupid

It never ceases to amaze me how bad a grasp politicians have on how national economies work.  I think it is deliberate rather than ignorance. Or rather they think that we are too stupid to understand how a national economy Continue reading It’s the Economy Stupid

Nineteen Years in Public Service

Nineteen years ago I started work, at Her Majesty‘s pleasure according to my job offer letter, as an Executive Officer with the Department of the Environment. I was a graduate entrant on the DOE’s Management Development Programme and was paid Continue reading Nineteen Years in Public Service

You Cannot E-mail HMRC?

I was somewhat surprised tonight to discover that HMRC apparently refuse e-mails from members of the public (AKA customers) with tax enquiries. This was started because I got a coding notice (dated 21 February 2011)  that said I owed some Continue reading You Cannot E-mail HMRC?

The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

subtitle: The Impact of the Highly Improbable I heard the author on Radio 4 and was intrigued with his central premise that there are wholly unpredictable random events which throw a spaner in the works and about how we often infer things Continue reading The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb