The Coppola Column

Growth… a tale of make believe

Where is the fairy dust when you need it?  Frances Coppola goes looking. Ah, the lovely economic growth fairy. It flutters around the world, resting briefly here, lingering longer there,

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Rent asunder

Everybody wants to own their own home and there’s no turning back. Frances Coppola explains. Housing is expensive. So expensive that many people can’t afford to buy homes, and rent

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A ray of hope

Petrodollars to solar sense: what will be the conversion rate? Frances Coppola speculates. Slowly but surely, the world is giving up on fossil fuels. First coal, then oil, and finally

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Brake the bank

The Coppola Column How governments could weaponise digital banking against “undesirables.” And how to prevent it. In the past 50 years, financial services have changed beyond all recognition. Not just

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What will time tell?

Covid infection is, for most people, a rough few days. A side effect of mass containment could atrophy our humanity. Frances Coppola evaluates the prospects. The fight against the coronavirus

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A twist in the old’s story

Productivity in the UK workforce is struggling to serve the nation’s growing number of pensioners. Frances Coppola asks: where is technology when you need it? On 5 June, two women born

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Making money

Why creating money is for the few more than the many. Writes Frances Coppola. Sovereignty has become a buzz-word. We are told that the principal reason for the UK’s decision

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Our house

In 1985 London’s Victoria and Albert Museum put on an exhibition entitled National characteristics of design. It looked at various aspects of manufacturing, fashion and other sectors in eight leading

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