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Macron momentum and May madness

June has been a busy month for politics in Europe. Fresh from his victory in May’s presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron won a landslide majority in parliament for his …

Thank Fathom it’s Friday – The power of dissent

In the great 1957 film “Twelve angry men” (from the play of the same name written by Reginald Rose), Henry Fonda stars as the lone hold-out in a …

Lame duck PM clings on to poisoned chalice after epic campaign fail

The second team at a village cricket club recently reached a score of 201/2 after 28 overs in a 45 over match – a commanding position, looking to …

Thank Fathom it’s Friday – happy now?

I’m only happy when it rains I’m only happy when it’s complicated And though I know you can’t appreciate it I’m only happy when it rains You know …

Thank Fathom it’s Friday – #Grime4Corbyn

Hurrying out of Old Street tube station yesterday morning I found myself face-to-face with Jeremy Corbyn – dressed as a Jedi Knight! Although it’s perfectly plausible that the …

If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it

Undoubtedly, being responsible for the monetary policy of a common currency bloc of more than a dozen different countries can be a thankless task at times. Mario Draghi …

Buying high?

Once the week’s work is complete, Fathom staff, on occasion, are permitted to help themselves to a light ale from the company fridge. But what if they were …

Resurgence of the political pollsters

Let’s face it, 2016 was not a good year for political pollsters. The breakthrough year for nationalism was met with shock results for both Donald Trump becoming the …

Some unpleasant electoral arithmetic

According to a poll conducted by Elabe, through Wednesday and Thursday of this week, 24.0% of the French electorate will vote for M. Macron in round one of …

Thank Fathom it’s a Four-day weekend – Blame Canada?

It may only be Thursday, but with a four-day weekend starting tomorrow, it is appropriate that we send our weekly TFIF publication today: Thank Fathom it’s a Four-day …

Authoritarianism on the march in Fathom, and elsewhere?

“Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…” Winston Churchill, 1947 Fathom has its annual …

At last – an economic theory that works?

It will have escaped the attention of very few people active in the financial markets that long-term real rates of interest are low. Very low, in fact. Anyone …

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