Author Archives: Rick

Welfare delusions

A report by the IFS earlier this week found that the government’s social security cuts had saved nowhere near the amount it expected. The £19bn it had hoped to save turned out to be only £2.5bn. While the cost of … Continue reading

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Come the glorious day, someone else will pay

Last week, the FT ran a series of articles on public spending cuts. Its summary: Half way through 9 years of planned austerity, the FT has uncovered that more than half of government cuts are still to come. And they … Continue reading

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Remembering the long war

It so happens that Remembrance Sunday in the First World War centenary year coincides with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eric Hobsbawm called the period between the two The Short Twentieth Century, the century having been defined … Continue reading

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Why 2014 wasn’t the year of the pay-rise

Despite upbeat predictions from employers, 2014 didn’t turn out to be the year of the pay rise after all. Research from the Resolution Foundation published today shows that surveys of employers tended to overstate the level of pay increases in the economy … Continue reading

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Devo and the North

The ONS published its North is Buggered report yesterday. Well, OK, it wasn’t really called that but the North of England Economic Indicators contained a series of scary stats and charts highlighting the northern regions’ decline. (The North is defined as the three most northerly … Continue reading

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Job polarisation: Cocktail glass or hourglass?

This job polarisation thing, does it really look like an hourglass or is it more of a cocktail glass, or even a beer glass? It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot recently. No, really… Both images have been around for a … Continue reading

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2026 and All That

There are lots of articles around at the moment about the future of work. They pop up in my timeline frequently, often accompanied by videos of futurologists at conferences outlining their vision of work in the 2020s and beyond. There’s something … Continue reading

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