Entries by Malcolm Prowle from 07/2012

Can the NHS in Wales Continue In Its Present Form?

| Posted 07.13.2012 | UK Politics

The on-going row over the report into the Welsh NHS, by Marcus Longley, brings the future of the NHS in Wales, once more, into the public spotlight. Although the report covers many important issues, perhaps the critical issue not considered is whether the NHS in Wales can continue in its present form, in the long term, of being free at the point of consumption and funded from the proceeds of taxation. This may seem a heretical question to ask but asking it must be done.

Could State Capitalism Save the Day for the UK Economy

| Posted 07.13.2012 | UK Politics

Dealing with financial and economic austerity has been the priority in public policy for some time but there are now signs that the focus is changing. It is becoming increasingly realised that for many countries, of which Greece is the prime example, all the austerity in the world is not going to solve the issues of public budget deficits, astronomical borrowing requirements and negative economic growth.

Is It Time to Raise Income Tax

| Posted 07.20.2012 | UK

The current global economic and financial crisis is sometimes often described as a "perfect storm" combining, as it does, severe debt crises in the UK, USA and Eurozone countries, stagnant (or declining) economic performance and loss of trust in elected politicians.

Economic Growth: Something Must Be Done

| Posted 07.25.2012 | UK Politics

Figures released on Wednesday by the Office of National Statistics show that the UK economy contracted by 0.7% between April and June. This situation has been described as the worst double dip recession in 50 years. But does this really matter to ordinary people? Yes, of course, it does.