A new book by David Boyle and Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation charts the rise and fall of major British brands. Matilda Lee talks to them about banking reform, brands and greening capitalism
Uncontrolled growth of financial debt is currently laying waste to large parts of the global economy. An explosion of ecological debt looks set to do the same, but worse, to a biosphere friendly to human civilisation.
Unless the Competition Commission fails to act to curb the power of supermarket chain Tesco, 'people will be justified in questioning exactly what the Commission is for', says Andrew Simms, Director of the think-tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF).