The Great British car sell-off Aston Martin: Where two British icons meet A manufacturer of luxury sports cars since 1913, Aston Martin became a fully-fledged icon with James Bond’s 1964 film "Goldfinger." Bond’s car, the DB5, is often seen as one of the most beautiful in the world and Astons have appeared in six other Bond films. It plans to float on the London Stock Exchange this year. Bankrupt seven times, the company is expected to be valued at around €4.3 billion. … [Read more...] about UK think tank looks for bright ideas to reform economy
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“Ryanair’s brand isn’t strong because everything it does is great,” says Dan Gavshon Brady, lead strategist at brand consultancy Wolff Olins. “Its brand is strong because it has a clear proposition: it’ll get you to your destination on time and for a low fare. Not only are these cancellations costing people time and money – always bad for customer satisfaction – they totally contradict the very strengths the Ryanair brand plays on.” … [Read more...] about Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last?
Or they participate in what has become known as the gig economy, defined as a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs. Think Uber, Lyft, Deliveroo, DoorDash, outfits that created tech platforms that put service workers in touch with clients, while taking a cut and pretending that the freelancers are independent contractors rather than employees who would be entitled to paid leave, holidays and other rights that workers used to expect. So people wind up working for an algorithm rather than a human being. … [Read more...] about Technology may not create inequality, but it certainly enables it to thrive
Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, said in a recent statement that while she does believe big businesses should contribute more financially to addressing the city’s challenges, “this proposal that is six times bigger than the failed council head tax proposal is not a plan that I can support”. … [Read more...] about Socialist Kshama Sawant reignites fight to tax Amazon for affordable housing
But it wasn’t just one guy. Many writers and scientists attacked them, and later Levitt does tell me there are some things in the chapter he’d change. Mostly, though, they aren’t factual. They have to do with the mocking tone that the chapter took at the beginning. “I tell you what we were guilty of, Dubner,” Levitt says to his partner, who has started packing up his things to leave. “Making fun of the fact that, number one, this global cooling thing had happened in the 70s. It happened. But we mocked people for it. We made fun of the environmentalists for getting upset about some other problem that turned out not to be true. … [Read more...] about Freakonomics 10 years on: Stephen J Dubner and Steven D Levitt on what they got right and wrong