This week, UEFA announced that Manchester City are to be banned from the UEFA Champions League for two years, beginning in summer 2020. The decision was taken after the club was found to have committed "serious breaches" of Uefa's club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations. Across Europe, fans of rival clubs celebrated City’s demise, … Continue reading FFP is a corrupt scheme that has killed competitive football. Here’s how it did it.
Thomas Hardy’s pessimistic poem, The Darkling Thrush, was written in January 1900 about his feelings at the dawn of a new century. But it comes to my mind as we enter a new decade. Was Hardy right to be so miserable at the thought of what the future might bring? And should we feel the … Continue reading Ten wishes for the new decade
What a crazy election it has been. In my opinion, in some ways at least, the outcome is okay. For instance, we now have a government with a worthwhile majority that is able to get on with the job of running the country without having to do dubious deals with the DUP. I’m sorry, Theresa, … Continue reading What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?
I regard money as a beautiful concept that has been corrupted by governments and banks. I’d like to explain why. At its heart, all money is social, as it provides a way to transfer value between two parties to a transaction. Thus, if I pay you £3 in return for a cappuccino, I'm getting the … Continue reading Government, banks and money – and how they jointly control you
You’re warmly invited to the next Chesterfield Cryptocurrency Meet-up on 18 November 2019 at 7.30pm at the Monkey Park Community Centre at 128a Chester St, Chesterfield, S40 1DN. Too much cheap money is chasing too few assets. This should have the effect of driving up the price of assets, leading to runaway inflation. But there’s … Continue reading Come and find out why Bitcoin matters
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it … Continue reading Terror, Reason and Lewis Hamilton
The ethics of using WiFi during a modern commercial flight fascinates me. It might seem an unpromising topic but bear with me, as, I think, it reveals something intriguing about the way human beings balance the needs of the group and of the individual. I’m writing this whilst flying home from Madrid to Manchester with … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Commons, at 35,000 feet