This post [3] contains the speech that Alistair Darling should have given. Think how his popularity would have risen if he had told the simple, plain, unadorned truth?

As neat an explanation [4] of the Law of Unintended Consequences as you are likely to see. Further discussion and what it means for policy decisions here [5].

For example, taxes don't stay [6] where they're put. 

Was that huge [7] Soc Gen loss really caused simply by a rogue trader? 

Why Bill Gates' speech at Davos wasn't just simplistic, but wrong [8]. Wrong in analysis and wrong in suggestions for policy. 

So why is the US Government trying to offer everyone a payday loan [9]?

And finally, why the Morning Star headlines get reviewed [10] on the telly and  which would you prefer with your New Statesman subscription [11]? The Chavez t-shirt or the Fidel book?