Bob Cervi is production editor for EMEA Breakingviews, based in London. He has worked at Mergermarket Group as a senior content editor and as a business subeditor at The Times, Sunday Times and Financial Times newspapers. He has also been the editor of trade and professional publications in the UK covering a variety of sectors. He has a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy from Reading University and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.
The likes of Uber tapped casualised labour to become global giants. They have created a “precariat” class of workers, open to exploitation and abuse. Colin Crouch’s “Will the Gig Economy Prevail?” offers a manifesto for a benign alternative, but underplays technological shifts.
Fracking is about to make its debut in the UK. The practice of extracting gas from shale rock is hailed as likely to put the country on the road to fuel self-reliance. But the industry faces many obstacles, and investors should be sceptical of the scope for gushing returns.
Exiting the European Union has cast a cloud over Britain’s membership of the Galileo satellite-navigation project. Going it alone could leave the government with a big bill. Building Europe’s first launch pad, though, taps into strong demand for new commercial satellites.