Monthly Archives: July 2011

UK Economy Watch II: Has Osborne wasted the past 12 months?

Jul 29, 2011

Allister Heath is another economist who is always worth reading and listening to. We are fans of his sometimes hard-hitting daily editorials in City AM, which have become a must-read for the newspaper’s growing Square Mile readership, (the newspaper also carries occasional write-ups of Chartwell’s Breakfast Club discussions). Few commentators are as willing as Allister

Is Spring giving way to Autumn …?

Jul 28, 2011

What happens next in Libya? The UK has fallen in step with France and the US and recognised the National Transition Council in Benghazi, but as John Simpson said on the BBC yesterday this ties up some diplomatic loose ends – it will have no impact on the ground, where the rebels seem to be

Rivalry between BRICs prevented a united front on IMF

Jul 27, 2011

I recently had an opportunity to see Chartwell’s panel of BRICs Ambassadors in action (here is a photo of the team in action at a 2010 Breakfast club event at the Royal Automobile Club). The four diplomats, representing Brazil, Russia, India and China, were interesting on the recent negotiations about who should replace DSK at

Attack of the unexpected

Jul 26, 2011

You might suppose the bibliography of a futurologist to be full of works boldly proclaiming the future; not so in the case of trendspotter Magnus Lindkvist. After a coffee with our Head of Research, Leo von Bulow Quirk, Magnus very kindly sent us copies of “The Attack of the Unexpected” (Marshall Cavendish 2011) and “Everything

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