autonomous car

Autonomous vehicles, particularly cars such as the now infamous ‘Google Car’ or the Tesla range of vehicles featuring the ‘Autopilot’ feature, are viewed as one of the more achievable advancements in technology we can expect  to enjoy in the next few years. Nearly every vehicle OEM is scurrying to take advantage of the clear consumer demand and from what I’ve seen in the industry, consumers will be inundated with the first wave of truly autonomous vehicles from around 2020. But are we truly ready to…Continue Reading “Too Soon for Autonomous Vehicles?”

Syria Bombing

I’ve been reading Kissinger’s ‘World Order’ recently and in the opening pages much is made of the impact of pluralism on peace within the international system. In light of recent discussions within Parliament about potential conflict in Syria where we see a discussion, essentially, of the likelihood of a victorious outcome, I am reminded of some of the discussion around Democratic Peace Theory that I engaged with whilst in Oxford. Democratic peace theory is a central strand of the study of International Relations. It initially posited…Continue Reading “Democratic Peace Theory, bridging the gap between Monadic and Dyadic peace”

We have to be honest with ourselves at this point in time and admit that the current housing market is an absolute shambles. In a country where owning your own home is the norm it’s unacceptable that, for me to be able to purchase a house of a small amount lesser value than my parents or grandparents, I need a mortgage which requires a £60,000 deposit and at least a £70,000-a-year income. This should be expected considering my area of residence: Oxfordshire where house prices…Continue Reading “Housing Policy and the Budget 2015”

Continued from The New Market Perspective. As a student, I lived on ready meals. Despite being catered in College I often found myself, on an evening, strolling down to Tesco in order to pick out my dinner for the evening. I went with every intention of ‘stocking up’ so that I wouldn’t need to make a visit to a shop for the next few days but, invariably, I left with one meal that would cover me for the evening. This was only a year ago,…Continue Reading “The Interpurchase and Visit Intervals”

Consumer Habits

We have to stop seeing consumers as entities to which we sell. Instead retailers, especially in the FMCG sector, should see consumers as commodities to be bought and retained – natural resources within the retail universe. Traditionally, the view of a market is such that there are three entities. There is the Product which can be bought and sold. This services a ‘want’ of the Consumer for that specific product. The Retailer sells the Product to the Consumer if, and only if, the price (a…Continue Reading “The New Market Perspective”

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So I, like many of you, have received an email today offering £10 off a £20 spend on goods offered through selected sellers on eBay. The email presented the message as such: The terms and conditions attached to the offer were that it had to be used through a PayPal seller and on a good with a price over £20. I’d like to take a moment to assess eBay’s rationale for promoting this offer. A simple demand and supply analysis would show that the offer…Continue Reading “Is eBay really giving away money?”

Fiscal policy and democracy

I would like to put forward an argument for the decentralisation of fiscal policy in modern democracies in the light of inherent deficit bias and thus the arrival at a point beyond which fiscal action becomes limited due to spiralling government debt. It would be useful, in my mind, to outline a separate fiscal institution responsible for budget setting and tax rate selection that is independent of democratic process. The need and reasoning for this follows an argument based on the fickleness and short-term stupidity…Continue Reading “Fiscal Policy and Democracy”