Paul Summerville • avril 27, 2016

 What I’m listening to. 

RICHARD STRAUSS - Concerto for oboe Amd Small Orchestra in D major

The Leave side has an opportunity to make the case that migration is absolutely essential to the future of the United Kingdom provided it is done along the lines of countries like Canada or Australia with clear rules and categories of immigrants.

Paul Summerville • avril 24, 2016

John Waterhouse (1885) from Saint Eulalia, Tate Britain

What I’m listening to. 

Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben, Cantata BWV 147: 10. Choral: "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude”

French Jews leave for London: canary in coal mine.

Paul Summerville • avril 19, 2016

Edward Burra, from The Snack Bar (1930), Tate Britain.

What I’m listening to. 

Pieces de Clavecin: Suite No. 2: Courante No. 1

No clue.

Financial Times -- Britain’s friends are right to fear Brexit

Despite absurd attempts to deny this, nobody knows what would follow a vote to leave the EU.


Paul Summerville • avril 12, 2016

What I’m listening to. 

Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Why ‘remainers’ need to make a better economic case.

Financial Times -- Britain’s pro-Europe campaigners are losing the argument

The main economic factors in favour of EU are not trade, but research, science and innovation policy


Paul Summerville • octobre 9, 2014
Paul Summerville • février 3, 2013

Commentary on America’s baby bust, China’s worry, tipping, history lessons, times are tough, the awful legacy of Nazi treasure, and being idle no more.

America’s falling fertility rate and what it means.

Paul Summerville • décembre 31, 2012

Commentary on cool 2012 numbers, Nate’s numbers, Abe’s monetary delusion, and two mentors pass away in 2012.

The FT sums up the year in numbers.

Financial Times -- 2012 by numbers
From supersize national debts to subatomic particles to a sound barrier-busting free fall, we round up the year's stand out statistics.

How Nate nailed it.

Paul Summerville • décembre 25, 2012

The Globalist's Top Books of 2012 and interesting reviews. 

Guardian -- Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World
A Tory MP challenges the neocon view of empire in this important history.

Paul Summerville • juillet 21, 2012

Commentary on the state, from abortion to contraception, the tongue in cheek guide to effective banking, Spanish yields and German tempers, what corporate bonds tell us about the future of equity prices, and Canada’s bull loonie run.

The state, can’t live with it, can’t live without it.

Paul Summerville • juin 26, 2012

Commentary on how good is fiction at predicting fact, Gemany’s Euro strategy, the demographic impulse behind the US economy, the death of peak oil, go to Myanmar, falling inter-generational mobility in the United States, and how the Prime Minister saved his government.

Art predicting life.

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Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.