Green Eggs and Van

When my son was a small child, he loved when I would read him Dr. Seuss books.  Stories like ‘Oh the Things you can Think’, or ‘To think I saw it on Mulberry Street’ were some of his favorites.   Maybe it was the funny stories.  Or maybe it was the made-up words.  But he kept […]


Cleveland Fed: Key Measures Show Inflation Above 2% YoY in August, Core PCE below 2%

The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning: According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (2.6% annualized rate) in August. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index also rose 0.2% (2.3% annualized rate) during the month. The median CPI and 16% trimmed-mean CPI […]


The political economy of Brexit

Normally I avoid broadcasting with RT. I was persuaded to do this broadcast with Alex Salmond, partly by the quality of his other guests. As he says: In the second in a series on UK economic trends, Alex interviews two leading commenters, from north and south of the Scotland-England border, on the political economy of […]


This week I lost a mentor

It was 2pm when I arrived at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. I’d been going since 5am, driving in from the farm, then having back-to-back meetings … and back-to-back coffees. I took a deep breath and strode confidently into a private patient room and greeted my old mate, former Deputy Prime Minister Tim […]


Pass me a bucket

I saw the door of my study creep open, ever so slightly. I heard heavy breathing. Whispers. And then … fits of giggles. It was the school holidays and my sons were bored, so they decided to spy on their old man ‘working’. And fair enough too. When I was roughly their age, I’d do […]