Duncan Weldon

Duncan Weldon


Economics, history, economic history, finance, occasional other stuff. Usual disclaimers apply - views my own, RTs not endorsements, etc.

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I am once again going to urge people to pre-order a book. For a change though, not my own. This is fantastic and out in September.

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The Guardian Henry the Hoover piece is as good as everyone says.

A considerably larger number and a much bigger share of the total loan book than I expected.

Will this hard seltzer thing last any longer than that weird summer a decade or so ago when everyone was drinking cider with ice? Or the alcopop boom of the early 2000s?

Good read from @Birdyword  on South East Asia - increasing economic hit and less macro policy space to respond. Outbreaks of covid-19 leave South-East Asia with little policy room from TheEconomist

Also, if inflation was going to 1970s rates urging people to save more would be, erm, odd advice.

Also chimes with @helenlewis ’s advice: do not let journalists run things.

Really, just break this down for a moment. “I believe the value of cash, in terms of its ability to purchase goods and services is set to rapidly decline”. “I advise you to transfer less of your cash into goods and services now and instead use it to purchase fewer things later”.

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Ironic that it will be Oxford University that finally allows the country to drop its obsession with PPE.

This is a very tough watch and a tough read. I’d usually advise caution, but I think sharing it widely and broadcasting it a lot will help make people take social distancing more seriously.

It’s the 18th June. So it’s time for this gif.

I genuinely don’t understand the journey from Thatcherite true believer in markets to advocate of North Korean style self sufficiency that some Conservatives seem to have taken. It’s astonishing.

This is a really good - and useful - piece.

I’m really not sure this is the best use of council resources.

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If Barry became PM then every Wednesday we could have Gardiner’s Question Time.

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