Jack Peat

Jack Peat

Jack is a business and economics journalist and the founder of The London Economic (TLE).

He has contributed articles to The Sunday Telegraph, BBC News and writes for The Big Issue on a weekly basis.

Jack read History at the University of Wales, Bangor and has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

How Digital Games Become Educational

By Robert Sun In speaking before many groups of educators, in cities across the nation, I often hear that one of the biggest challenges facing schools today is how to consistently engage and motivate children to learn. Children, as we all know, are natural learners. But much of that instinctive...

Top 10 Wine Bars in London

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  London is one of only a few truly global markets for wine. Négociants from Old World territories have been sailing wine by the case for several centuries and New World varieties have found fertile ground amongst the city’s liberal taste and worldly cuisines. Which is...

Five Money Habits that should be Extinct

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent None of us are perfect, but being a dinosaur with your dough can cost us hundreds of pounds each year. From auto-renewals to payday loans, there are a copious amount of money traps out there eating into your bank balance, which is why now is as...

In Defence of Freedom of Conscience

By David Binder What do the recent 'gay cake' case, the same sex marriage referendum in Ireland and the British government's aspirations for ‘’snooper’s charter' all have in common? The answer lies in the fact that they all bring into question how we define and uphold both equality and liberty....

El Salvador’s Return to a Peacetime War

By Rohan Chatterjee This March the National Civil Police (PNC) recorded 481 homicides as El Salvador continued its steady regression to levels of violence once hoped confined to the country’s ultraviolent past. March concluded as the deadliest month in over a decade, recording an average of 16 murders a day, including...

TLE

Media Power: It’s in your Hands

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Media power was a focal topic in the run up to the General Election. Sat in Russell Brand’s London apartment, Ed Miliband outlined an aggressive stance on media ownership in an effort to win over the non-voting nonconformist comedian who had passionately campaigned against oligarchs...

TLE

Witnessing the Birth of Volcanic, Evolutionary Laboratories

Japan’s new volcanic islands provide scientists with an opportunity to study new life colonising untouched land By Dr. Robin George Andrews, TLE Science Editor  Have you ever heard of an island called Atarashii Shima, off the coast of Japan? I’m betting you haven’t, but to be fair, before November 2013, neither...

This historic ranch is set to become the world's most expensive estate after it was put on the market for £460 MILLION. See SWNS story SWRANCH;  The W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch is the largest single ranch in the USA - with a staggering 510,000 acres of land. It is larger than Greater London and spans six counties across Northern Texas. The ranch, which is spread over more than 800 square miles, has 7,500 cows, 500 quarter horses, 20 cowboy camps and numerous huge lakes.

Historic Ranch set to become World’s most Expensive Estate

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  A historic ranch in Northern Texas is set to become the world's most expensive estate after it was put on the market for £460 million. The W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch is the largest single ranch in the USA - with a staggering 510,000 acres of land. It is larger than Greater...

TLE

Ashford: The International Town

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Last week news filtered through that Handelsbanken, the Swedish-owned bank, had decided to open an office in the small town of Ashford in Kent. Eschewing the capital, the bank is one of many firms looking to secure international footing in the Garden of England. Perched on...

TLE

Second Time Lucky for the SNP

By Max Bluer Thursday evening and the British general election’s exit poll has just been released; it accurately predicts massive gains for the Europhobic Conservative Party and the Scottish Nationalist Party – the driving force behind last year’s referendum on Scottish independence. That noise you heard when the news broke was...

British Press

The Changing Face of British Politics needs a Different Press

By Pieter Cranenbroek The day after the UK general election, a Dutch journalist commented that ‘as long as the British press is giving out voting advice, you’re better off reading cat blogs.’ Although most European newspapers can be linked to a certain political group, this relationship is rarely as explicit as...

Marc Cave

C.S.R. should mean ‘Collective Shareholder Responsibility’

By Marc Cave, co-founder of communication consultancy, Green Cave People Social values drive commercial value. That statement might feel empty to many business leaders. But when Unilever reports that their 'brands with purpose' are growing at twice the speed of others in their portfolio, it’s time to sit up and...

General Election

First Past the Post: Why the Polls got it Wrong

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  When the exit polls were revealed at 10pm last night the entire nation was left scratching their heads. Paddy Ashdown said live on television that he will eat his hat if the poll, which left the Liberal Democrats with a measly ten seats in the House...

Items from Edinburgh Airport are to be sold at auction by Wilsons Auctioneers on 6 May. Everything from a fire engine to security trays. May 5 2015  See Centre Press story CPSALE

In Pictures: Edinburgh Airport Auctions Old Equipment

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Bargain hunters bagged hundreds of cheap deals this week in a bizarre auction at Edinburgh Airport. Security scanners, a fire engine and two planes were just some of the items which went under the hammer for “scrap value” as airport chiefs flogged off their old equipment. The auction...

Freedom of Speech General Election

Where do the Main Parties Stand on Freedom of Expression?

By David Binder With the election mere days away, and with all manner of policies, arguments, counter-arguments, slogans, tweets and hashtags swamping us, you could be forgiven for not knowing who to vote for. One way to help navigate this dilemma is to ask ‘what matters to me/my family/my dog/my...

Politician Race against Poverty ASAP

A Flourishing Life

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) have created an infographic to demonstrate the role political parties play in enabling a flourishing life. With the impending General Election just two days away, the group of leading academics have completed an audit of the political parties’ manifestos in order...

Labour Leader

Why Ed Miliband is the Right Leader for Labour

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  Nasal, uncharismatic and incapable of eating a bacon sandwich in public, Ed Miliband has been the target of vitriol personality attacks since winning the Labour party leadership contest against his brother in 2010. One of the lines that has become synonymous with the election is, “I...

Labour and Steve Coogan

Coogan and Freeman: Labour Ramps up the Battle of the Video

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  The Labour Party has ramped up the battle of the video in the run-up to the General Election, releasing another video featuring an A class celebrity. Steve Coogan is the latest celeb to appear in a Labour Party video, urging voters to side with Labour in...

Westminster General Election Certainties

2015 General Election: The Five Certainties

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor The only thing we can say for certain in the run-up to the 2015 General Election is that there are no certainties. Set to be the closest fought election in recent history the electorate is split and Westminster is divided. Very few political commentators feel confident enough to...

Energy Business

Five Year Plan For Bringing Down Business Energy Bills

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  A new infographic has been built by Project Lower to help businesses cut their energy bills. The resource outlines a five-year plan with information on how businesses can save money on their energy bills whilst creating a greener and more efficient workplace. With 42 per...

University

Uni, is it Worth it?

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  A new report on university education has found studying profession-linked degrees is more important than ever. The study revealed that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of professionals believe it is now more important than ever to choose a vocational degree linked to a profession, such as law...

Budget Summer Classics Cars

Budget Summer Classics

By Will Robinson Around this time every year, as the knowledge that spring has well and truly sprung dawns upon of the capital, you may notice a few curious and interesting behavioural patterns emerge among London's general populous. These include the universal agreement that getting drunk on Pimms at two in...

Google

Will Google kill TTIP (and does it even matter)?

By Alan Owens, Partner and Head of Technology at law firm DWF The current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations explicitly fail to address the big issues facing the global tech industry – data and US dominance. These issues have come right to the fore following the recent EU...

The Imitation Game: Boris on Churchill

To what extent is the Mayor of London Boris Johnson a political duplication of our revered war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill? For all the undertones of that question littered across in the mayor’s latest book, The Churchill Factor, it is worth exploring. The first thing to note is that Johnson will...

A Pacifist’s Guide to Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a tricky time of year for pacifists. How do you pay your respects to all those who fell in the World Wars without subscribing to the propagandist nature of remembrance, the glorification of war and the unavoidable political entwinement of it all?  Armistice Day is a celebration...

Stress

What makes chefs despise waiters?

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  I'll never forget the order for table 17. I was working as a waiter at a boutique hotel in Newcastle trying to juggle my Master’s degree with long nights working in the restaurant or doing the books overnight in reception and had...

EXCLUSIVE: Multi-million pound Boris Island plans sink

Freedom of Information request reveals the cost of failed Boris Island plans.  Despite extensive publicity and substantial resources, Boris Johnson’s grandiose hub island airport failed to land a spot on the Airports Commission’s shortlist for expanding UK airport capacity. The three options earmarked for further consideration included adding a third...

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