A bank worth backing
Christopher Hird looks at how the Co-op Bank has fared in the financial crisis

The Cost of Inequality: A chronicle of capitalist catastrophe
The Cost of Inequality: Three Decades of the Super-Rich and the Economy, by Stewart Lansley, reviewed by Christopher Hird

Rocking the market
The crisis at Northern Rock highlights both how people's lives depend on financial institutions and how irresponsibly these institutions are managed. Christopher Hird dissects the crisis, arguing that the left has the chance to press for new kinds of socially responsible financial institutions - and for new standards of personal (and political) financial literacy