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More of the same: the UK government’s banking reform bill is merely another capitulation to the banking lobby. AAP

UK banking reform bill won’t curb reckless risk-taking

Some four and-a-half years after the banking crisis that has resulted in massive public debt and a deep austerity program, the UK government has finally unveiled its Financial Services (Banking Reform…
Policies of austerity are a fundamental burden on low-income earning women in the UK. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Women are paying the price for economic austerity

Since 2010, many European governments have adopted austerity policies in an attempt to reduce the budget deficits and increases in government borrowing that were caused by the 2007/8 financial crisis…

Rudisha, Bolt…and a Broken Leg

Rudisha It was perhaps billed as the hors d'œuvres before the main event. But it was far from a second billing with David Rudisha winning the 800m in a World Record (1:40.91). It was perhaps the greatest…

Bolt - Olympic Champion

I was never in doubt that Bolt would regain his 100m Olympic title. But what made this race intriguing was the will he / won’t he win hype surrounding it - especially after the Jamaican trials. Bolt wanted…

GOLD, GOLD, GOLD

I had my ticket, jumped on a train and who would have thought that the day would have ended up with Gold, Gold, Gold. I was at the morning session of the athletics. The Olympic park is I have to say an…
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Going on the ‘P’ of the PING

You would think starting a track race with a pistol would be a simple thing – but no. It appears that no longer will there be a ‘B’ of the Bang but a ‘P’ of the Ping as a new starting pistol is reportedly…

The end of my Bolt trilogy

It appears that my guide to the 100 m has turned into a trilogy. My last two postings covered some stats about sprinting 100 m in 9.58 s and the what the limits of 100 m performance may be based on historical…

The Olympics have started…

Yes the opening ceremony is on Friday night but Olympic competition quite literally kicked off yesterday with the GB women’s football team beating NZ 1-0 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. This was the first…

Can the ultimate 100 m time be predicted?

So this is quite an interesting if slightly pointless question, but nevertheless it pops up every now and again…so let’s give it a stab and see what the research says. The 100 m has progressed from a stately…

“…so how fast can Bolt run ?”

You write some papers on the mechanics of Bolt’s sprinting and what happens? - You end up doing media stuff. The questions I’m always asked are “how fast can Bolt run” or “how fast can humans run 100m…
Olympic countdown Michael Jones.

Excitement rising

As I’m writing this I have just finished a radio interview about Usain Bolt and it is now nine days nine hours and 33 minutes to go before the start of the Olympics. What will the opening ceremony be like…
Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond leaves the Treasury Select Committee after giving evidence in London. The LIBOR-fixing scandal is the latest in a long line of dubious and illegal schemes.

Durable change a long way off for scandal-ridden UK banking system

The role of Barclays bank in manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) continues to dominate international financial media. The bank has already attracted fines from regulators in the UK and…
Despite Cameron’s half-hearted efforts, democratisation of listed UK corporations is unlikely. AAP

‘Empowering’ shareholders won’t revolutionise corporate culture

Executive remuneration is out of control in the United Kingdom. The final report by the High Pay Commission concluded that “there is rarely a link between directors’ incentives and the way a company performs…
The British banking sector is facing a major shakeup in the wake of the global crisis. AAP

Three years after UK’s banking crisis, will reforms deliver?

Major proposals designed to reform Britain’s banking sector after its spectacular 2008 crash have been described as one of the biggest shakeups in a generation. But they are likely be inadequate for a…

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