Josie Cox, The Independent

Josie Cox

The Independent

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Recent articles by Josie:

A plummeting economy, a dangerous addiction to debt and investors who won't listen: The scary reality of a post-corona world

About a year ago, when Corona was a beer and face masks were reserved for fancy dress parties, one of the world’s most important credit rating agencies published a report in which it admitted that it was getting nervous about the state of the economy. → Read More

The US economy just hit its worst quarter since 2008 — but the human story behind that number is even bleaker

The hard and fast empirical evidence of just how economically damning Covid-19 will be is starting to trickle in. The numbers — though wholly expected — make for grim reading. → Read More

Climate change is bringing Britain to boil. So let’s make all public transport free like Luxembourg

Would you be able to place Luxembourg on a map? Many wouldn't, and yet the tiny western European country – home to about 600,000 people and approximately the size of Rhode Island - could well be emerging as a trailblazer in the fight against climate change. → Read More

Corporate Britain is treating gender diversity like a tick-box exercise. It has to stop

After all these years – like the most annoying, amnesiac gadfly – I’m still going on about it because the message clearly isn’t resonating: diverse companies make better companies, so gender issues are everyone’s business. → Read More

Lagarde and von der Leyen are doing great things for feminism, but can they save Europe?

For purist feminists with an eye on Europe the past week has been pretty good. After decades of male dominance at the top of two of Europe’s most powerful institutions, Ursula von der Leyen and Christine Lagarde unexpectedly secured the backing of the bloc’s leaders to head up the European Commission and the European Central Bank respectively, taking over from Jean-Claude → Read More

Jony Ive’s designs made Apple dominant. His departure shows the company is losing its lustre

From foundation to brink of bankruptcy and trillion-dollar market capitalisation, a potted history of Apple serves not only as a useful guide to market dynamics, but also teaches us a thing or two about behavioural economics, consumer psychology and the sustainability of the trends shaping the world we live in. → Read More

UK Plc might be missing a £100bn trick by not taking technology seriously

“After two decades online, I'm perplexed,” American astronomer Clifford Stoll admitted in an article penned for Newsweek back in 1995. “It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet,” he explained, adding that he’d “met great people and even caught a hacker or two”. “But,” he conceded, “I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community.” → Read More

The North is still Westminster's unloved stepchild. And Brexit is only going to make things worse

Politicians are shamelessly fickle creatures. From Mexican border walls to £350 million a week for the NHS, few things are too farfetched when it comes to the pledges of those vying to lead a state, regardless of whether the finances add up. → Read More

Of course women would make better prime ministers than men – they just haven’t had the chance to prove it

I’ve quite frankly got no idea why anyone would want to be the leader of a country that has transformed itself into what could happily serve as a decent punchline for practically every joke for the next few decades. But clearly there are people who would disagree. → Read More

More women would follow MacKenzie Bezos by donating their fortunes. Too bad they can't make it rich

I’m a few chapters from finishing one of the most compelling books I’ve read in years and I’ve never been more convinced of our desperate need to challenge the thriving patriarchy in everything we do. Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, in the most methodically candid manner, does exactly what its title claims. → Read More

Prince Harry should know better – there’s another side to the social media story he hasn’t acknowledged

Oh, Harry. You and your wife are three days and three posts into a new “social media strategy” and already you’ve put your royal foot in it. On Tuesday you launched the @sussexroyal Instagram account. Then on Thursday you slated social media for being “more dangerous” than drugs and alcohol, because of its addictive qualities. → Read More

We're overdue a global recession — and Lyft and its unicorn friends are nudging us closer every day

Whatever your thoughts on ride-sharing companies, the tech sector in general or, indeed, the broader economy, you can’t accuse Uber rival Lyft of being short on ambition. This morning the company celebrated its stock market debut in New York, having successfully flogged shares to delighted investors who had been starved of the opportunity to buy into a tech-flavoured stock → Read More

Apple’s latest attempt to dominate our lives is doomed to fail... thankfully

A fierce battle has been raging for some time in the kingdom of corporate behemoths. Last year, billionaire Jeff Bezos seemed to be the reigning monarch, occupying the throne with his tightening grip on the world of retail, entertainment and – increasingly – finance. But to no one’s surprise Apple’s Tim Cook wasn’t exactly napping on the sidelines as Amazon roared. → Read More

We would now rather be ruled over by robots than politicians. What has Brexit done to us?

The sinister way in which the rise of technology is portrayed in much of the mainstream media is starting to look like a string of clichés at best, and a teaser for a low-budget dystopian Netflix series at worst. Robots are stealing our jobs, artificial intelligence will render our hard-earned skills useless, and we’re all destined to turn into virtual reality nerds with the → Read More

Big business is losing the recruitment race as today's young talent flocks to trendy start-ups

Young workers are seeking meaningful jobs that fulfil their personal goals and create impact, forcing big banks to change their cultures to attract and keep top talent says Josie Cox → Read More

Forget Brexit. Here are the signs that we’re on the brink of the next global economic recession

Amid headlines of domestic political mayhem, Brexit shambles and Donald Trump, you’d be forgiven for missing news that Germany, still Europe’s largest economy by far, is a whisker away from stumbling into recession. → Read More

From humble beginnings to master of the universe: How did Jeff Bezos make his billions?

When Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen was three years old, he reportedly dismantled his cot with a screwdriver because he desperately wanted to sleep in a proper bed. While no doubt annoying for his probably startled parents, it may well have been one of the first indications that precocious young Jeff was not your average kid growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. → Read More

What Twitter's Jack Dorsey said about Elon Musk should be the last straw. He has to go

Hands up if you remember a guy called Travis Kalanick. About 5’8”, hedgehog-like head of greying hair, often sporting an open-collared shirt beneath a blazer, and the faint aroma of money and wasted ambition wafting behind him wherever he saunters? Yes, that’s one. Then you’ll probably also remember him as the brilliant, pioneering founder of Uber, whose entrepreneurial → Read More

Is Apple too big to fail? Let's hope so as failure would be catastrophic

In 2018 Apple became the first company to reach a market value in excess of $1 trillion. In the same year, the company's shares dropped 30 per cent. Josie Cox explains how it got there and where it's going next → Read More

Training Clarks employees in kids speech is a non-solution to the literacy crisis – and the government knows it

Oh to be a continental newspaper journalist with an eye on Britain in 2019. You only need to squint across the Channel and focus on this sorry island nation, run by clowns and jokers, for an abundance of material so absurd your editor would be forgiven for accusing you of fabricating it. → Read More