Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research

The Price Of Inequality

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has today published a new report that shows rising inequality damages economic growth. In the UK, growing inequality has knocked 9 percentage points off GDP growth between 1990 and 2010, the research suggests. One of the main reasons is that poorer members of society are less able […]

Brand values

Russell Brand

Polly Toynbee’s criticisms of Russell Brand in today’s Guardian feel like pretty lightweight shots at a fairly easy target. The article also fails to conduct much of an analysis of the current political and socio-economic situation in the UK, and portrays Brand as a kind of ineffectual Lord of Misrule, devoid of substance or sophistication. […]

In the Swim

Hampstead mixed pond

As it happens I am on Hampstead Heath, just to the north west of the mixed swimming pond, and it is July, and it is hot. After much procrastination I somehow found it within me to come here and throw my body in the murky water, and now I sun myself dry on the grass, […]

Failure on the Fairfield Horseshoe


The narrow road called Nook Lane that leads from Ambleside to the Lower Sweden Bridge and the start of the walk known as the Fairfield Horseshoe is an incongruently unprepossessing one given what follows. It was from here that I set out on a mercurial day in late May 2014 to tackle this well-known route, […]

Interview with Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne

I spoke to Gabriel Byrne about his new BBC One drama Quirke, based on the novels by John Banville (written under his psuedonym Benjamin Black) and adapted for television by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson. As well as discussing the way in which the past weighs on the present, he spoke eloquently about the nature […]

Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

Cover of The Bear by Chris T-T & The Hoodrats

Our new album The Bear is released today on the brilliant Xtra Mile Recordings label as digital download and CD. I just wanted to post a few links to where it was available, so here goes: From the record label website From iTunes From Rough Trade From Amazon From Chris’s website Oh, and there’s also […]