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Green energy is capitalism’s low-hanging fruit

Green energy is capitalism’s low-hanging fruit Written by Alex Massie8 October 2020 Viewers in Scotland can be forgiven for recalling that they have heard Boris Johnson’s pledge to make the United Kingdom “the Saudi Arabia” of green energy before. This, they will remember, was how Alex Salmond liked to describe Scotland’s energy potential, if only …

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Tech ‘moonshots’ will create national failures as well as champions

Tech ‘moonshots’ will create national failures as well as champions Written by Alex Massie17 September 2020 Earlier this month, the $40bn sale of ARM, the Cambridge-based technology firm, to the American company Nvidia was confirmed amidst some concern and some controversy. Yet again, it was claimed, a world-leading British firm was being snapped up by …

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Germany’s European opportunity

Germany’s European opportunity Written by Alex Massie3 September 2020 Earlier this summer, as the true depth and scale of the coronavirus emergency became clear, Germany assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This was a coincidence of timing, but a fortuitous one nonetheless for, as chancellor Angela Merkel argued, “Europe needs us, just as we need Europe”. This …

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States of civilisation

States of civilisation Written by Alex Massie20 August 2020 Earlier this month Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, visited the northern city of Ayodhya, birthplace, Hindus believe, of the god Ram and the location for a highly symbolic, and hence revealing, struggle for the soul and future of India. Modi was present to lay the …

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An economic drought

An economic drought Written by Alex Massie13 August 2020 So here it is: the United Kingdom is now, officially, in a recession. This can hardly be considered a surprising development but the scale of the slump remains shocking. According to the Office for National Statistics, GDP shrank by 20.4% in the second quarter of 2020. …

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Great risk, great reward

Great risk, great reward Written by Alex Massie6 August 2020 Last week Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and by some measure the world’s wealthiest individual, appeared before the United States’ House of Representatives subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. The detail of that committee’s investigations into ‘Big Tech’ need not detain us today, …

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