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All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.”

Alfred Emanuel Smith (1933)

Those who watched the final ‘leaders’ debate’ on Friday evening will have been impressed by the clear sense of direction from Boris Johnson, in contrast with a swirl of protest statements and rather contrived fierce looks from Jeremy Corbyn - whose attempts to portray disciplined calmness rather easily give way to angry despair.

When we look back at this election, including the preceding three months, we will see the clear re-establishment of order and self-discipline in the Conservative party as one of its key features. Nowhere is this more evident than in Boris Johnson’s statement that all Conservative candidates have signed up to his Brexit deal with the European Union - a real contrast from Theresa May’s days in office.

What has been lacking in media coverage has been a good look into the driving principles from which political direction takes its lead. Of course, these could be just summarised as ‘socialism’ and ‘capitalism’, but we’ve learnt from the past 100 years that these are not sufficient to drive modern economies. So please READ ON .. as this week we consider which can flex best in order to provide a vibrant UK, offering opportunity for all.


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St. Paul's besieged

Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.


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The Bigger Picture: 2019 Election Special

What will the election result mean for Britain and the markets? Richard Stone and Gavin Oldham of The Share Centre discuss the political and economic ramifications of the Conservatives being returned with a solid majority and what it will mean for the UK's future relationship with Europe. Investment Research Analyst Helal Miah looks at the sectors likely to benefit from a reappraisal of the prospects for the UK stock market.

The Top Ten: Comedy
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most influential Comedy films of all time. With an eclectic selection, from Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924) to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat (2006), there’s something for everyone! In this episode: Sherlock Jr. (1924), A Night at the Opera (1935), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Odd Couple (1968), Young Frankenstein (1974), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Airplane! (1980), Raising Arizona (1987), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006).
Gadgets & Gizmos: Christmas Gift Guide

Share Radio's Technology Editor Steve "Santa" Caplin produces a variety of gadgety gift suggestions. Among them are expensive - and cheap - bluetooth earbuds, an app that transcribes interviews, Scalextric for cats, an LED wardrobe light, a self-stirring mug, an alarm clock that runs away if you snooze it and a remote-controlled crocodile head.

The Business of Film: Motherless Brooklyn

James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office, where Frozen 2 still reigns supreme. The Edward Norton movie Motherless Brooklyn enters at #8. James also looks at Ordinary Love, with an award-worthy performance from Lesley Manville, in at #16 and an amazing Syrian-set documentary, The Cave, which is at #21. For home viewing he recommends the Springsteen-themed drama Blinded By The Light.

The Top Ten: Science Fiction

Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most influential Science Fiction films ever made. Plus, James risks his reputation among his film critic peers with his claim that Blade Runner 2049 is better than the original! In this episode: Metropolis (1927), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Solaris (1972), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Wars (1977), Blade Runner (1982), Gravity (2013), Interstellar (2014), Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Modern Mindset: Healing from Narcissistic Abuse

Adam Cox is joined by Ronia Fraser – also known as the Rock n Roll Coach. Ronia, having experienced narcissistic abuse, reveals how to spot the signs – and how to heal if you have been affected by that kind of relationship. They discuss why narcissistic abuse is being talked about more and more in today’s society, and how being forewarned can help people to be prepared.

NEF: Hostile environment - how immigrants became scapegoats

‘Low-skilled’ or ​‘high-skilled’. An ​‘economic net contributor’, or ​‘a drain on public services’. For decades, immigrants have been treated as scapegoats for everything from failing public services to violent crime. And much too often, as less than human But how did we get here? How did the public conversation about immigration become so toxic? And is there another way forward – an alternative to the hostile environment? This week, New Economics Foundation is at SOAS with a live audience and Maya Goodfellow, author of ​‘Hostile Environment: How immigrants became scapegoats’.

Motley Fool Answers: How Do You Compare to the Average Holiday Shopper?

Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. In this week's show, the team is joined by the Katherine Cullen of the National Retail Federation to talk about holiday shopping trends, spending, and more.

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Tesco, Tullow, Ted Baker, Saudi Aramco & Ocado

Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks at recent company news from Tesco, Tullow Oil, Ted Baker, Saudi Aramco and Ocado. NOTE: This was recorded on the day of the General Election before the result was known.

VIDEO: Tracking down £1bn of missing Child Trust Fund cash

Every child in the UK born between 1 Sept 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 has a Child Trust Fund (CTF). But one child in six has lost contact with the money. Gavin Oldham, Chairman of The Share Foundation – which runs the Junior ISA & Child Trust Fund schemes for children in care for the Department for Education - is trying to re-connect them. He talks through the CTF, how to track an account down, and what a child can and can’t do with the money.


In a new partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced its first audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters. 'Superinvestors' lays bare the investing secrets of legendary investors - from early 20th-century figures such as Benjamin Graham and John Maynard Keynes, through to more modern names such as Anthony Bolton and Warren Buffett.

The Share Foundation

How you can help young people in care prepare for adult life by supporting The Share Foundation’s ‘Stepladder of Achievement’ programme.


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