Author Archives: Rick

Asylum claims are not the cause of the UK’s record immigration

Attitudes to refugees have hardened since last September, said a BBC report yesterday. It found an increase in the number of people who think the UK has taken in too many refugees and should now be taking fewer. This is another manifestation … Continue reading

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Lessons in rock ‘n’ roll history

When I was growing up I thought rock ‘n’ roll started in 1955. That is probably because everybody on the radio and TV at the time told me it did. By the 1970s, the radio stations were being run by people … Continue reading

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Sofa, so good…

In case you missed it, OBR chairman Robert Chote was in fine form last week when giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee. Remember that money the OBR found behind the sofa at the end of last year? Following the Autumn Statement, … Continue reading

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Self-employment and public employment edge closer

In the melee of the run up to Christmas, a couple of items in the ONS employment stats release passed without much comment. Firstly there was a rise in the number of self-employed people. As expected, self-employment fell once the recovery in employee jobs … Continue reading

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Lemmy: dark star, Capricorn

There are about half a dozen bands I have seen more times than I can remember. One of those is Motorhead. I remember them appearing in the late 1970s at a time when a lot of heavy rock had disappeared up its own … Continue reading

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Training: going out of fashion for a decade

The Resolution Foundation’s report on wage growth and productivity yesterday notes the ongoing decline of training. Time spent on all training has been falling for the last decade or so but the deterioration has been sharper for off-the-job courses. Source: Resolution Foundation Earnings … Continue reading

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Human capital shallowing

Economists use the term capital deepening to describe an increase in the amount of capital per worker in the economy. Joao Paulo Pessoa and John Van Reenen argued that the UK’s fall in productivity was due to its opposite, capital … Continue reading

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