The Great Debate UK

The morally blind leading the arithmetically blind

January 10, 2013

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Fiscal cliff deal is depressingly European

January 4, 2013

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

The Leveson Whitewash

December 5, 2012

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

How much longer can China carry on like this?

November 30, 2012

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Party political policing

November 15, 2012

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Declare victory in the War on Drugs – then run like hell

October 29, 2012

By Laurence Copeland. The opinions expressed are his own.

Wherever you look – radio and TV, novels, internet – history is all the rage these days. Perhaps a large part of the appeal is the nice warm feeling it gives us of being able to look down on the sheer madness and heartless cruelty of our own ancestors. What did they think they were doing back in the 16th century burning witches? Or 300 years later, locking up poor young girls for getting pregnant? Or sending men to jail simply for being homosexuals, as we did until the 1950s ?

Continuous assessment – just another middle-class privilege

August 1, 2012

By Laurence Copeland. The opinions expressed are his own.

It will be a long road back to respectable standards in our schools, but for making a start, Michael Gove deserves our respect and gratitude. It takes a lot of bravery to confront Britain’s education establishment.

Carving the Turkeys

July 16, 2012

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Punish the bankers, not the banks

June 29, 2012

By Laurence Copeland. The opinions expressed are his own.

Another day, another banking scandal. Last week, it was a software glitch so serious that some people were left homeless and scrabbling around for money to pay the rent. This week, a new scandal over mis-selling of interest rate swaps has so far been buried under the furore over manipulation of LIBOR by Barclays (and apparently other banks). They could at least stagger the scandals a bit – say, one a month – we need time to absorb the last one before we start on the next.

Press, police, politicians and public in race to the bottom

June 19, 2012

–Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.–