Adrian Monck

I was born in the front bed­room of the two bed­room house my grand­par­ents ren­ted from the coun­cil. It was Feb­ru­ary 1965, The Kinks at num­ber one for homes with record play­ers and without teen­age moth­ers. A year later, my brother was born in the same room. The front bed­room was for being born in, the back […]


The deten­tion of Glenn Greenwald’s part­ner does not raise any issues over the use of cur­rent anti-terrorism legis­la­tion to tar­get journ­al­ism. The law says: A per­son com­mits an offence if— (a) he col­lects or makes a record of inform­a­tion of a kind likely to be use­ful to a per­son com­mit­ting or pre­par­ing an act of ter­ror­ism, or (b) […]

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Punishment by politics

February 28, 2013

The elec­tions in Italy reveal a crisis in lead­er­ship. Wolfgang Mün­chau blames Mario Monti’s defeat on a lack of polit­ical real­ism — code for cyn­icism. Paul Krug­man blames it not just on Monti but on a European élite — or ‘Very Ser­i­ous People’. in Europe even more than in the US the Very Ser­i­ous People live in a bubble […]


I remem­ber as an under­gradu­ate won­der­ing why — with so many applic­ants — were trainee invest­ment bankers so well paid? The answer of course is that invest­ment bank­ing remu­ner­a­tion had broken free from the petty eco­nomic tyranny of “sup­ply and demand” and was not being driven down by an over-supply of poten­tial recruits. As Jonathan Schlefer […]