Matthew West

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In the Battle Over Europe David Cameron Has Already Lost

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2013 | (15:47)

So now we know what David Cameron's big speech on Europe was all about: an In/Out referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) in 2017, if the Conservative party wins a majority at the next election in 2015.

At the heart of the prime minister's big speech yesterday...

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Why the Andrew Mitchell 'Plebgate' Story Doesn't Matter Whatever Nick Robinson Says

(20) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (12:17)

I have to begin this with a confession. I like many a journalist held a type of morbid fascination with the Andrew Mitchell story that aired on Channel 4 News last night.

In fact, it was only later in the evening during a Twitter conversation with a friend that I...

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If You Want the Big Corporations Pay Their Taxes: Work With Europe

(1) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (10:42)

There is already an understandable degree of boredom with the whole corporation tax debacle that Starbucks, Amazon, Google and the rest are involved in. Or at least there is for me.

This is not because Starbucks et al shouldn't be paying the corporation tax levied in the UK or...

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Yay Obama Won!! Now What?

(1) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (16:04)

Barack Obama made history again on Tuesday night. It is the first time in the post war era that US voters have returned an incumbent president to serve a second term three times in a row. Not since the Great Depression has that happened. Eisenhower served two terms but then...

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Tax is Killing Ken's City Hall Campaign; Ed Miliband Isn't Helping Much Either

(2) Comments | Posted 13 April 2012 | (16:15)

Labour's candidate for Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, the former mayor - y'know the one before Boris bumbled his way into the job and then spent four years bumbling around not doing very much other than introducing Boris bikes (which weren't even his idea) and obliterating bendy buses - has...

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No, Prime Minister; That's Not What Europe Needs

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2011 | (10:18)

Another week, another eurozone crisis! It feels as if this crisis is never ending, self perpetuating until an eventual Armageddon that will at the very best end with the break-up of the eurozone and at the very worst in World War III.

While the latter scenario may seem only...

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Why the Tory Euro Sceptic Rebellion had Nothing to do with Europe at all

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2011 | (13:44)

I've never created a blog post out of an email conversation that I've had before but then I've never really had any reason to. So forgive the laziness but as I've already written to an old friend on last night's vote in the House of Commons I decided to co-opt...

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Why Low Growth, Not Inflation, Is What the UK Should Fear

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2011 | (17:36)

Here's an interesting fact for you one I imagine you may not be aware of. Average Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation between 1947 and the modern era, right up until 2011, is 5.6 percent.

That's exactly what RPI is today: 5.6 percent - average. And no, I haven't just...

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What Does Osborne's 'Credit-Easing' Really Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2011 | (14:53)

When chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, got up to speak at the Conservative party conference on Monday, he knew he had to tread a fine line between optimism that the British economy could recover and wasn't going to fall into a "double-dip" recession, versus facing down calls from the...

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UK's Labour Still Has a Trust Issue on the Economy

(1) Comments | Posted 27 September 2011 | (09:45)

As Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls wrapped up his speech to the Labour party conference on Monday, one thing became abundantly clear: Labour still have a trust issue when it comes to the economy.

Largely that problem comes from the fact that they were in government when the global economic...

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