Tag Archives: living standards

Six months on

Returning to new posts after six months in which the unassailable logic of monetary policy has been proven once again….a storming return to growth within the UK economy,  boosted by an unrelenting flood of cheap money and low interest rates. … Continue reading

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Booming Britain

Economic recovery is now widely accepted as well underway. Turns out there was no double dip and growth has been better than expected so far this year. The week-end papers are full of stories of recovery in the services sector, … Continue reading

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Labour in the labyrinth

Nearly half of Britons expect their living standards to be worse by 2015. A third think it will take another 4/5 years before recovery – and 15% either can’t see a recovery for at least a decade or believe it … Continue reading

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A question from Tallinn

Will the de-growth argument come back any time soon? An idea whose time seemed to have arrived five or so years ago now rarely dare raise its head. And yet with UK GDP this year now expected to be just … Continue reading

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21 hours

Most debate on the Left about routes out of the crisis have been to do with the conventional use of national government / state mechanisms – such as tax raids, more interventionist use of fiscal policy or heavier use of regulation … Continue reading

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Or maybe not – the curse of the zombies and threat of a triple dip

The one ray of hope lately has been the low level of inflation. But the BoE extinguished that one this week with news that prices are heading up at a faster rate and are outstripping wage growth again. Inflation in October … Continue reading

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Spenders to the rescue

Could economic salvation come through a ‘helicopter drop’ of new money? It sounds such a ridiculously simple path out of our problems that it can’t be true. Can it? The answer depends on the response of businesses. Knowing consumers have … Continue reading

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Jobs without growth

One of the many bizarre notions in orthodox economic theory is that workers make free decisions about how much labour they ‘choose’ to provide. If that theory applied in the UK today, it would have to explain why people are … Continue reading

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