Well, this time I could obviously have written about the UK Government's latest Brexit plan. The problem is that the plan could have changed massively by the time this article is published! Instead, let's go back a little in history.
In its most recent company accounts, lodged in September 2018 for 2017, Wrightbus said they had delivered a "solid performance" and that they were "industry leaders" in clean technology for buses. Now, however, a substantial loss has been indicated for this year.
Brexit notwithstanding, a lack of competitiveness remains our greatest single challenge. Greater competitiveness would increase sales of goods and services while also raising wages and living standards. Competitiveness is very closely related to a high and rising level of productivity.
Many people may feel the recent Bombardier experience in Northern Ireland has been death by a thousand cuts. First, redundancies, then the sale of control of the C Series to Airbus, and now Bombardier's announcement that it wants to sell its operations.
In recent years a Scandinavian crime drama called The Bridge has gained some popularity on British TV. We have also seen a small scale political drama relating to suggestions that serious consideration be given to building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The American sports commentator Yogi Berra once said prediction is difficult because it is about the future. Bearing that in mind, and the perceived failures of economic forecasters, here are considerations relating to three possible scenarios:
Before we become too gloomy, economies can sometimes grow in spite of chaotic politics. Italy in the 1950s had many world-beating companies despite short-lived governments and corruption. South Korea has developed leading steel, car and electronics companies notwithstanding a divided peninsula. Israel's high technology firms are renowned even given the constant threat of war.
Since the Stormont Executive ceased to operate in January 2017 the sky has not fallen in. The lights are still on. That does not mean that the lack of a fully functioning government has had no bad effects. With no elected ministers, senior officials have acted as reluctant substitutes.
Aneurin Bevan's creation, the NHS, is 70 this week and it remains very popular. Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson said it was the closest thing we now had to a national religion. It was not for nothing that Danny Boyle included a celebration of the service in his choreography for the London 2012 Olympics opening event.
About 30 years ago, I was studying the productivity of factories in Northern Ireland and Germany. In a factory in Northern Ireland, the manager told me he liked to employ husbands and wives together because that gave him much more scope to control their work effort - that attitude would not have been out of place amongst some of the examples Karl Marx used in his enormous book, Capital.
Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive. But to be young was very heaven. I do not think many would use those words by Wordsworth about the French Revolution to describe how they felt back in 1998. However, the Belfast Agreement may have produced a certain level of optimism about the future prospects for the economy. And 20 years on, the agreement has obviously been very important in political terms - but how much difference has it made to Northern Ireland's economic life? A number of points can be made:
Some people have been talking about building a bridge from Northern Ireland to Scotland, but is there anything we can learn from the recent Scottish Draft Budget 2018-19 in comparison to the Department of Finance's Briefing Paper on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20?
Switzerland is going to the World Cup in 2018 and Northern Ireland is not. Switzerland's population is four and a half times that of Northern Ireland and yet in November 2017 it had a FIFA world football ranking of eighth and was the twentieth largest economy in the world.
Who would you rather made difficult decisions about your future - politicians or 'experts'? A number of arguments have been used to justify a transfer of decision-making power away from elected politicians towards experts or technocrats.
In the middle of the summer season you may have missed the 10th anniversary of the start of what would become the banking crisis. August 2007 is identified as the point when it became clear that something was fundamentally wrong in the Western banking system.
The winds of change are definitely blowing through UK economic policy-making. In the March 2017 Budget the Chancellor Philip Hammond had already indicated that he was taking a more relaxed view as to how long it might take to re-balance the UK budget deficit.
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