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To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight, appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers, but extremely fit for a nation whose government is influenced by shopkeepers."

Adam Smith

Another complex support package was unveiled last week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help us through the difficult winter ahead. HM Treasury is certainly proving its creativity at present, following on from the furlough scheme which runs its course until the end of October.

However, there is one key thing which makes all this possible; as Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the world-renowned economics professor from New York, said last week on BBC’s Question Time. It’s the way the United Kingdom Government has, for many decades, used employers as its agents for distribution and collection of statutory payments.

So please READ ON .. as this week we consider the unpaid service that employers provide to the state, and the flexibility that they have to demonstrate as we battle our way through the virus emergency.


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In partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced the audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.

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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: Is the regional Covid strategy working, Corbyn's suspension & US elections

Political commentator Mike Indian asks if the Government's regional strategy to cop with the revival of cases of Covid-19 is working. Looking at what's happening in France, he asks if there be a regional or national response. He discusses the EHRC report on Labour and antisemitism, with the former leader Jeremy Corbyn suspended from the party. And he looks at the imminent American Presidential election, wondering if there will be a clear-cut result, given the extraordinary number of advance ballots.

Policy Matters: “For love or money?” – Creative arts and the economy

In this episode of Policy Matters, hosts Matt Dickson and Franz Buscha talk to Martha Bloom, a researcher at the Science Policy Research Institute at the University of Sussex. Martha recently wrote a report examining the economic returns to creative arts degrees, the types of employment these graduates go on to and the motivations of those who undertake higher level creative education. Franz, Matt and Martha begin by discussing the difficulties facing the creative industries in the post-pandemic world, yet how the crisis has also highlighted the importance of these industries for the wellbeing of the nation. Martha then explains the ways in which creative arts graduates contribute to the economy both within the creative industries and more broadly, what her report reveals about their motivations and the benefits that they enjoy across a range of measures. The discussion then goes on to consider a related report co-authored by Franz and Matt, which examines the earnings and employment returns to different postgraduate degrees. This conversation again highlights the importance of skills and vocations that might not be highly paid but provide vital inputs into the economy and public life, and the danger of judging the value of education purely in terms of earnings.

The Business of Film: The Honest Thief, Pixie, The Climb & Rebecca

James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office chart, where, with box office takings sharply up, Tenet has been pushed off the #1 slot after 9 weeks, by Two By Two: Overboard. He reviews the new #2, The Honest Thief, with Liam Neeson, Irish gangster comedy Pixie and American cult festival movie The Climb. 80 years after the seminal Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebeca, he discusses Netflix's new version starring Lily James and Armie Hammer.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Lego braille bricks, robot pothole repairers & jumbo cinemas

Steve Caplin, Share Radio's technology editor, is impressed by Southern Australia powering the whole area by solar panels and by water being discovered on the moon. He discusses Lego Braille bricks, banned works being hidden in Minecraft, a jumbo jet becoming a cinema, 100 years of the Theremin, Amazon's eco-friendly platform, robot pothole repairers, the extraordinary Veelo skateboard motoring why shoppers spend more when using hand-held scanners.

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Next, Lloyds & BP

Joe Healey, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, looks at recent news from companies in three very different areas - Next, Lloyds & BP. He dissects the numbers and explains how they have been affected by the pandemic. Looking ahead, he points out what we might expected from Associated British Foods (owners of Primark), Sainsbury's and D S Smith.

Motley Fool Answers: Fall Into the October Mailbag!

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, Motley Fool Analyst Jim Mueller joins the team to answer your questions about calculating portfolio returns, why bother with cash or bonds, whether you should take defensive action because of the election, and much more. And if your kid is obsessed with retirement, find out how they could be on TV!

Modern Mindset: How to launch a start-up destined for success

Adam Cox is joined by “America’s start-up success expert”, Alec Stern, who discusses his track record in launching and growing businesses. He shares why right now – in the middle of a global pandemic – is a great time to start a new business, as well as how to grow and then sell a business.

The Hypnotist: Inception Hypnosis

In this episode, Adam creates a hypnosis session based on the movie Inception. He utilises the premise, locations and concepts to allow the listener to experience dreams within dreams for the purpose of planting suggestions in ever deeper levels of the subconscious mind, and goes 7 levels deep. A great episode for anyone that's a fan of the movie or interested in hypnosis and the unconscious mind.

Mini Mindset: The Gigabit Scheme

Adam Cox is joined by CEO of Voneus, Steven Leighton, to discuss how those working in rural communities have been affected by lockdown; and how lack of internet access can affect the ability to work remotely or home-school successfully. They delve into the gigabit scheme, how it aims to support those living in rural areas, and the importance of internet access in the modern day.

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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