Merryn’s blog

Sorry Nicola Sturgeon, the revenue numbers do matter

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The latest government expenditure and revenue statistics (GERS) paint a grim picture for Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb – and Nicola Sturgeon knows it.

The new church collection box? It's got to be contactless

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The death of cash is bad for all sorts of reasons. But when it comes to church collections, it might not be the end of the world, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Want to end the gender pay gap? Stop women having babies

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A new report has backed up the uncomfortable truth, says Merryn Somerset Webb – to end the gender pay gap you have to alter biology.

The graduate tax masquerading as student loans

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Student loans have all the hallmarks of really being a graduate tax in disguise, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That’s not a good thing.

Why we need to give bonuses to Olympians, but not to fund managers

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Give athletes funding and they will go after glory. But when it comes to fund managers, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it gets a little more complicated.

Nicola Sturgeon's double standards

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It’s all very well Nicola Sturgeon saying Europeans should be guaranteed the right to stay in Scotland post-Brexit. But would she say the same of Britons in an independent Scotland?

Don't like “Brexit”? Vote here for a new word to describe the UK leaving the EU

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The word “Brexit” carries so much baggage from the referendum campaign. We need a new word that offers a sense of hope, says Merryn Somerset Webb – vote for your favourite.

The end of your financial privacy

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Global tax structures that ensure everyone pays what they owe are all well and good. But not if it comes at the expense of your privacy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why your rail season ticket is so expensive (it’s an inflation scam)

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There are two measures of inflation rail fares could raise by, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Thanks to the government, it’s never the one you want.

Don't blame Brexit – we're long overdue a fall in London property prices

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A London property price crash has been on the cards for a while, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And the signs are, it might finally be getting under way.

The financial industry still doesn’t get how to treat its customers

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The FCA wants credit card companies to help prevent their customers getting in debt that they can’t get out of. But they really shouldn’t need to be told, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Brexit: can you really blame Facebook?

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Facebook is so good at giving us what we think we want that we never see anything that challenges our world view, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We need to burst our own online bubbles.

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