- @djmgaffneyw4 @StrongerInNos Or am I just being cynical? 1 hour ago
- @djmgaffneyw4 @StrongerInNos So make a big fuss about negotiating something you could have done anyway, then claim victory over EU regs? 1 hour ago
- Interesting piece from 1997 on another electoral catastrophe. lrb.co.uk/v19/n13/ross-m… 20 hours ago
- RT @dropthedebt: Greece’s misery shows we need bankruptcy for countries - @heatherstewart3 on the gaping hole in post-Crash reforms http://… 20 hours ago
- RT @CJFDillow: Blogged: some Blairites seem to be under-estimating Blair's actual achievements: bit.ly/1EnrH68 21 hours ago
- RT @CJFDillow: Blogged: some anti-business policies are good for the economy: bit.ly/1ei69TO 21 hours ago
- RT @CJFDillow: Immigration to the UK has boosted exports, especially of services: bit.ly/1ccHSN4 21 hours ago
- RT @johnvanreenen: Dear Business Secretary: There is no productivity growth left @IPPR huff.to/1bTTtAB @HuffPostUK 21 hours ago
- The David Mellor quote at the end of this @politicshome piece on Brexit is priceless. polho.me/1KeuhAO 22 hours ago
- @NPickavance Will try and get a post out next week 1 day ago
- One of the best things I've read on why Labour lost. gu.com/p/496pd/swa By @RajeshAgrawalUK 1 day ago
- @NPickavance Fascinating piece. On a similar theme, did you see this? immersive.sh/resolutionfoun… 1 day ago
- A 1995 immigration target for a 2015 economy
- How different is Scotland?
- Labour lost the economic argument 5 years ago
- The deficit: much tougher than it looked
- Are the Conservatives ideologically driven state-shrinkers?
- The Tories and welfare: Machiavellian or just muddling through?
- Recovery: Was that it?
- Low productivity: don’t blame the workforce
- Startups and the productivity puzzle
- David Nicholson is right: The NHS will need more money
- Flip Chart Cat
- Buccaneering Britain
Monthly Archives: September 2009
Suddenly, and somewhat belatedly, Gordon Brown is getting all macho with the banks. Apparently, he’s going to make the UK’s bank regulation the toughest in the world. That will certainly play well to the Labour faithful and a public heartily … Continue reading
If you are stuck for something to do, you could have a go at the DIY spending review on the IFS website. It allows you to increase or cut public spending and then to allocate what you have left between the government departments. … Continue reading
David Cameron, talking about the Thatcher years earlier this week, remarked: We never in the 1980s actually managed to cut public spending. He’s right, of course. As this graph shows, public spending is one of the few things that can … Continue reading
George Monbiot draws a parallel between unscruplulous firms that dump toxic waste on poor countries and banks that offload their toxic debt in a similar way. He refers to Barclays and its recent attempt shunt its CDOs and dodgy mortgage assets to a company in … Continue reading
Heather McGregor has caught Harriet Harman talking rubbish yet again. Lap dancing, like any other form of corporate entertainment, is not tax deductable, so asking Alistair Darling to stop a tax break that doesn’t exist makes Harriet look pretty stupid. As if the poor … Continue reading
I couldn’t get excited about David Cameron’s discovery of the government’s ‘secret plans’ to cut public spending. You only have to look at what the government has been doing, rather than what it has been saying, to realise that it is … Continue reading
Here’s a handy little graphic from the Guardian’s data blog. It shows central government spending by government department using different sized bubbles. Heres a link to the PDF: Public_spending_160909 Check out the 49,891% increase in spending by the Treasury, much of which has … Continue reading