Alex Brummer

British businesses must stop selling out

By Alex Brummer, April 11, 2012

The overseas takeovers of British-based enterprises roll on. Among the latest UK companies to find a new home is Staines-based NDS, originally an Israeli start-up, bought last month by California's Cisco Systems for $5 billion in what was claimed to be Israel's biggest high-tech deal yet.

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Tesco's troubles can turn around

By Alex Brummer, March 29, 2012

Tesco may have run out of Jewish chief executives but as a supermarket group it has remained true to its roots.

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Osborne, be bold in the Budget

By Alex Brummer, March 15, 2012

In many ways George Osborne has been a disappointing Chancellor. The toxic inheritance of Labour's debt mountain, together with the rigours of coalition politics and the crisis in the Euroland, have left him with little room to manoeuvre.

But none of this really explains his failure to seize the high ground in rebalancing the UK economy away from finance and underpinning growth.

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Arkush was driven by passion, not cynicism

By Alex Brummer, March 1, 2012

First, a confession: I was not present when Jonathan Arkush delivered his excoriating critique of the JLC. After sitting through a couple of hours of procedural gobbledegook about votes for the under-35s, it seemed to me time to return to my day job.

But unlike other BoD members, I did have exclusive access to Mr Arkush as we sat next to each other on a flight to Israel.

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Negev economy gets boost

By Alex Brummer, March 1, 2012

The most recent report by the OECD, the Paris-based watchdog of developed nations, generally gives the Israeli economy a clean bill of health.

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Glenstrata giant - it won't be that easy

By Alex Brummer, February 16, 2012

Proposed and completed mergers of mining giants do not have a happy history in modern times.

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Do bonuses fuel antisemitism?

By Alex Brummer, February 2, 2012

Let me be clear from the start. The bankers who have been, and will continue to dominate news bulletins; Stephen Hester, chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Bob Diamond, chief executive of Barclays, are not Jewish.

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New pay rules just won't work

By Alex Brummer, January 19, 2012

You do not have to be a socialist to think that pay in Britain's boardrooms has gone off the scale.

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Trad retail suffering but online has pain, too

By Alex Brummer, January 5, 2012

Translating the high-street headlines at the start of a new year is like navigating a maze.

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Food supremo retains her global appetite

By Alex Brummer, December 29, 2011

No modern takeover in Britain caused so much public furore as the February 2010 purchase by American food giant Kraft of Cadbury.

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Could a BIB promote growth?

By Alex Brummer, December 8, 2011

The search continues for a big idea to help rebalance the British economy and restore growth. In his autumn statement, George Osborne proposed some £40bn of "credit easing" to get cheaper credit flowing to small and medium-sized enterprises along with a boost for infrastructure spending to create jobs and investment in new capital projects.

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It's time to tax those bankers

By Alex Brummer, November 10, 2011

The 'Occupy Wall Street' and 'Occupy London' movements are too easily dismissed as the actions of a bunch of middle-class cranks without a real cause. But like the 'Cottage Cheese' protests in Israel and the spontaneous youth protests in Barcelona, they are civil disobedience with real meaning.

The global crisis has placed sharp income disparities in the spotlight.

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The banks still have so much to learn

By Alex Brummer, October 11, 2011

The reputation of the City has taken a terrible battering as a result of the financial crisis. Each time it picks itself up there is a new blow; perhaps most recently in the shape of the £1.3 billion rogue trading scandal at the London end of Swiss bank UBS.

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Growth, yes, but what social justice?

By Alex Brummer, September 1, 2011

Nine months have passed since the start of the Arab Spring, when a 26-year-old Tunisian fruit seller immolated himself in front of a municipal building highlighting his frustration with red tape and living standards.

Since then, Israel has looked on with curiosity and apprehension as Arab state after Arab state erupted in violence over surging food prices, high youth unemployment and lack of po

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Our banking system is still so flawed

By Alex Brummer, August 4, 2011

Four years have passed since the money markets froze over on August 9 2007, causing a credit crisis and the failure of Northern Rock. And it has been three years since the failure of Lehman.

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Meet the stars of cyber space

By Alex Brummer, July 21, 2011

Not so long ago it looked as if generations of young Jews in the Western democracies were destined for professional lives as lawyers, accountants and doctors.

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The son may eclipse the father

By Alex Brummer, July 7, 2011

The Honourable Nat Rothschild, scion of the most famous family in European banking, is proving a surprise package.

After a misspent youth, which saw him branded as a playboy and worse, he could yet become the richest Rothschild of all through a series of spectacular investments in natural resources.

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What's in store for Waterstone's?

By Alex Brummer, June 23, 2011

The fate of struggling music group HMV and its Waterstone's book chain has been of more than just passing interest to investors. The decline of HMV, which came perilously close to administration in recent months, is a story of our times.

No other British retailer has been more affected by the digital revolution.

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The French have it again...

By Alex Brummer, June 10, 2011

Normally the goings-on at the International Monetary Fund struggle to find space in the business sections, let alone the front pages, of our national newspapers.

But an odd confluence of events - the priapic behaviour of former managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the on-going crisis in the euro zone and the struggle over who will succeed DSK (as he is known) - at the Fund have moved it to

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Chin up, things ain't that bad

By Alex Brummer, May 26, 2011

The recovery of the advanced economies from the 'great recession' of 2008-09 has been stuttering. This is not surprising. Countries rarely bounce back from slumps in a straight line, especially after a financial shock on the scale which brought the world economy to a shuddering halt in the Autumn of 2008.

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