Tag Archives: honesty

Don’t believe this blog – economists lie!

An old economics “joke” goes along the lines of an interviewer asking a mathematician what two plus two equals. The mathematician replies “four”. The interviewer asks an economist the same question. The economist gets up, locks the door, sits down … Continue reading

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Sarah Ferguson: Can you trust people who used to be rich?

It’s hard being a Duchess without any taxpayer subsidy to fall back on. Just ask Sarah Ferguson, still a Duchess, but without a royal title since divorcing Prince Andrew, Duke of York. According to reports over the last year or … Continue reading

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The overconfidence of Machiavelli and Blair

In the 16th century, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a book for a prince on how to use cunning to obtain and hold on to power. In sharp contrast to most books written at the time on princely governance, morality took second … Continue reading

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The dog ate my policy proposals

Silvio Berlusconi was a bass player and cruise ship crooner. Tony Blair played guitar in a band called Ugly Rumours. Bill Clinton played the saxophone. Notice a link? Apparently, there is a “dark side to creativity”, according to a new … Continue reading

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