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Flip Chart Cat

Our ancient cat died this week at the grand old age of 22 and 2 months. Apparently, that’s equivalent to a human being reaching 104. Born in Brixton on 7 February 1993, she was one of a litter of five. … Continue reading

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Buccaneering Britain

“The absence of productivity growth in the seven years since 2007 is unprecedented in the post-war period,” said the ONS after its figures showed yet another fall in productivity. Whichever way you measure it, it’s rubbish. It’s not only rubbish when … Continue reading

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NHS: The elephant in the public spending room

Yesterday’s FT headline announced that the NHS has a bigger hole in its finances than we thought because it hasn’t made the efficiency savings the politicians were banking on. The National Health Service is facing an even bigger financial “black … Continue reading

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Don’t panic, Britain is not becoming ungovernable

The reaction to Thursday’s leadership debate was far more entertaining than the programme itself, as politicians and the commentariat struggled to come to terms with the sight of seven party leaders slugging it out on TV. Frustratingly, no-one could work out … Continue reading

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The decline in training: Are migrants giving employers a free ride?

At the Resolution Foundation’s pay event last week, someone asked a question about immigration. Alison Wolf was leaving but, just as she was on her way out she remarked that, while immigration might not have had an impact on wages, it has … Continue reading

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This recovery is still weak

Great news, the economy grew by 2.8 percent last year. It’s great news because it’s better than the 2.6 percent previously forecast and better than anything we’ve seen since 2006. Like all these things, though, what you mean by good … Continue reading

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The deficit: It’s a productivity thing

The Resolution Foundation’s chief executive, Gavin Kelly, remarked last week: All parties are framing the deficit as a fiscal choice. They have said very little about productivity. LSE’s John Van Reenen said something similar in his review of the budget: It … Continue reading

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