It’s time for the third award of this year’s Irrationals but first I need to highlight there are too many contenders for Headline of the Year to mention here so I will merely highlight one or two. I have deliberately chosen to ignore headlines around the two major events of the year, the UK referendum (I still don't like the ‘B’ word) and the US presidential election.
There were some absolute crackers this year, some in financial markets, some not.
Today’s Irrational is very much based upon the ethos in which the accolades were imagined – in other words it’s based upon nothing more than its ability to irritate me. If we are being honest, this year has not been a vintage one for headlines – I don't know if it’s me but I sense the world is getting worn down by the constant bickering amongst politicians, most of whom turn to (at best) half truths when challenged. Throw in an increasing wariness of publicly stating anything humorous for fear of upsetting someone (which is very easy to do, another facet of today’s world seems to be extreme sensitivity) and the quality of headlines we saw just a year or two ago have gone missing.