Author Archives: Rick


As usual, there was some very interesting stuff in the Institute for Fiscal Studies review of the Autumn Statement. This chart by Andrew Hood caught my eye. The over-60s escaped the post-recession income stagnation. On average, they have done rather … Continue reading

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No end to austerity

Four months ago, there was much cheering and dancing on George Osborne’s political grave (or at least his political cold-storage) as he announced the government’s abandonment of his deficit target and his own resignation. Some people, including the leader of the opposition and … Continue reading

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MPs should not vote for Article 50 until they are sure what it means

If you give notice to your landlord or your employer, you trigger a process which, if you don’t do anything else, will leave you homeless or jobless after a given period. Furthermore, even if you do take some action, the … Continue reading

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The High Court’s ruling means a better Brexit

The High Court has ruled that the government cannot trigger Article 50 to start the process of leaving the EU without an act of parliament. Unless and until the Supreme Court overturns that decision, that is now the law. The row that … Continue reading

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Uber: control without obligation

The Employment Tribunal judgment on the Uber case is one of the most amusing I have read. The tribunal ruled that Uber’s drivers are not running their own businesses, as the company claimed, but are workers and therefore entitled to … Continue reading

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Enough of this ‘Will of the People’ nonsense

‘The Will of the People’ is a phrase with a slightly sinister ring to it. We expect to hear it from the likes of Vladimir Putin and Tayyipp Erdoğan but not from a British prime minister. It seems to be the soundbite of the moment. Government ministers … Continue reading

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Why low paid self-employment is everyone’s problem

More evidence of the collapse in self-employment incomes was published last week. The Resolution Foundation’s Earnings Outlook showed that the median weekly income of the self-employed is, in real terms, less than it was 20 years ago. The gap between … Continue reading

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