UK

I currently live in britain, at a time when its sustained ability to punch above its weight, economically and diplomatically, is finally ebbing. With the end of irrational exhuberance, the country finds itself in an especially difficult position, when the need is to eat a slice of humble pie and be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the pillars its strengths were built on have collapsed. The need is to recognise other supports and partners and embrace them. I hope to help with that transition.

in search of teleportation

Hot on the heels of michael o'leary, I spoke in dublin last week on the future of travel, to a packed conference about the wonders and wizardry of the digital customer experience, my stock-in-trade these days...

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still banging the drum

A pr party to celebrate a decade of one of the world's biggest financial institutions, bank of new york mellon - bony-m to friends - wasn't a bad way to tweak my standard fare (p16) a bit towards the infrastructure are in which I now work; manchester airport as a national asset and all that...

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get them to come, and they will build

A quite nice twist, I thought, on the much-maligned build it and they will come school of economic thought, which I used whilst speaking at the hilton hotel to make a point about a city that really wants to show its international colours. It all went down very well. You can read it here.

longingly looking at london

Londoners get £69 each spent on the arts, whereas up 'ere it's just £4.60. On transport, it's £2,731 a head against £134. Is this just chip on the shoulder stuff ? Probably not, I argue in my latest newspaper blog and we need to use it to hang onto the capital's coattails and make sure we're in the market for powers coming down the line to london's mayor. It's also on the platform.

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beyond hs2

A whole new economic axis that would be the first serious contender in a century to seek to create a new mass of economic agglomeration that could really challenge london, anyone ? The liverpool-manchester-leeds hs3...

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what the papers say

It was a good week for manchester, with a supplement in the times ("its all happening in manchester, the world's most progressive city ?"), a front page piece in the financial times ("manchester outstrips london as vibrant place to live"), and another glossy pumped out, in which I majored (p29) on high speed 2 and skills, "a huge and fundamental problem" caused at least in part by a ridiculous degree of centralisation, as the economist too noted. Everything but a beach.

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good governance

Here I am, waxing lyrical in my latest column on a subject close to my heart, and also quite a familiar theme, "words people associate with the battle for economic growth include jobs, tax, transport, inflation, culture, housing and retail. Few list governance (though the economist did a week later)...

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north by north west

I have been dabbling in a wider geography recently, what was once called here a region, and featured in a recent snapshot business prospects there; "things are very positive" it says I said, amongst other bon mots...

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the road to beijing lies through brussels

I brought together my two favourite themes of the moment, europe and china, in my most recent column, concluding that whatever europe might or might not become were britain not in it, it is clear what britain would quickly become in those circumstances: irrelevant. Also on the platform

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it's our castle, not our keep

The dynamics of home ownership are shifting in the uk, much to the chagrin of most, who will remain for a good time yet in a state of denial. I have been trying for some time to prick this bubble, as in my latest newspaper blog; for more on the photo, see 29 march 2013...

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