Monthly Archives: May 2013

Britain’s debt shows just how bad a kicking we’ve had

The OECD published its Economic Outlook on Wednesday. If you are too tight-fisted to buy it you can read it online by clicking this image: There’s plenty of interesting stuff in there but, as it’s something I haven’t written about for … Continue reading

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ECHR throws out religious discrimination claims

At last, the final chapter of the ‘discrimination against Christians’ cases (see previous posts ad nauseam). The European Court of Human Rights has thrown out the appeals of Shirley Chaplin, Gary McFarlane and Lillian Ladele. For the time being, at least, … Continue reading

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What’s happened to the gender pay gap?

Last week’s post on the strange disappearance of Italy’s gender pay gap reminded me to do an update on what’s happening with ours. The ONS published its latest figures a couple of months ago so I have added them to … Continue reading

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Whatever the UK’s problems are, leaving the EU won’t solve them

The question of Britain’s EU membership is causing chaos in our governing party again. So much so that our Prime Minister was forced to answer trivial questions about it when he was trying to look statesmanlike. However much you might … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking into tomorrow’s state

IFS director Paul Johnson reckons the June spending review is going to be bloody. George Osborne will have to tell us where the next round of spending cuts will fall. That’s the cuts on top of the cuts he’s already … Continue reading

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Fixing A&E

Scene: A plush riverside office. [Sound of irritating iPhone ring.] “Hello. Joseph Bloggs.” “Hi Joe. It’s Jeremy.” “….Minister! Good to hear from you. Er…how’s things?” “Bit fraught actually Joe. This A&E thing is a right mess.” “Yes, I saw the … Continue reading

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How to reduce your gender pay gap

Sometimes you come across counterintuitive facts that make you step back and wonder if everything you thought you knew was wrong, like America spending more per capita on healthcare than Britain or Stephanie Flanders not being head girl at school … Continue reading

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