1. Ireland is the passenger in the Brexit car crash

    Originally published in the Irish Times on 30 June 2016. In April and May I gave talks in Ireland about the implications of Brexit on Ireland. I did not expect the UK to vote for Brexit, although I saw it as a clear possibility. I likened Ireland to the passenger in a car who has little […]

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  2. The energy market needs a Competition Commission investigation

    If our politicians genuinely want to make the UK energy market perform more effectively, and to serve UK consumers, they should support a reference of the market by Ofgem, the energy regulator, to the Competition Commission (CC). This is the proven and established approach for addressing competition problems, and it is regrettable that Ofgem has […]

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  3. Why freezing energy prices is a bad idea

    Ed Milliband’s proposal (if elected) to freeze prices from 2015 and re-structure the market has a number of serious problems. First, it is very unlikely to work in practice. It is very difficult to regulate retail prices to consumers when the wholesale price is so variable. California tried it a decade ago with disastrous results. […]

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