As MPs discuss the European Union Referendum Bill, it is worth reflecting on a truth which seems to have escaped most people's attention - the idea of a simple in-out decision is a myth. The reason for this is that, should UK citizens vote to leave the EU, further decisions will then be taken as to the nature of the UK's new relationship with the EU as a non-member.
'Success' comes down to organisations nurturing creativity and ideas in order to grow and flourish. The good news is that that UK economy appears to be on the mend. A substantial 29.87million of us are in work and most jobs are full time and permanent. However, there are question marks as to how productive we are whilst at work.
The numbers that proclaim recovery are of course GDP: that profoundly irrational statistic that sees more growth in disaster relief than disaster prevention, that grows with war and floods but never measures educational attainment or physical health. With a data point that skewed, it's no wonder our current bad news is trumpeted as good news.
In the past 30 years, if we look at a country like the US, which can be considered the most visible democracy on earth, about 50% of the country's GDP was transferred from the bottom 90% of the taxpayers to the richest 1% of the Americans. This happened in front of everyone's eyes, in popularly elected governments and freedom of speech.
Around one in seven Brits are now their own boss. First-time entrepreneurs abound, and the opportunity for them to become first-time employers is being improved with such initiatives as the new annual £2,000 Employers National Insurance Allowance. But how can we encourage more of them to become first-time exporters?
Over the past few months, the government has repeatedly claimed that their proposed pension scheme for firefighters will be "one of the most generous" in the public sector. However, firefighters argue that they will be priced out by a scheme that will be far more expensive, but worth much less... Here are five myths about firefighter pensions that can be easily busted.
No fewer than four Regional Fed Presidents are due to speak this week, plus Bernanke, and they represent a pretty wide spread of hawks, doves and centrists, so we should be able to watch their lips to get a better sense of whether the bond market was correct in its surprisingly large response to Friday's suspect US unemployment report.
Researchers have found repeatedly, in multiple studies, that migration has had a range of positive effects on the UK economy. It has boosted Gross Domestic Product; lowered inflation, in turn helping to keep interest rates lower than otherwise; and there has been a significant net gain to the UK budget.
When I was growing up I thought the sky was the limit. I was lucky. My parents were both entrepreneurs. They instilled in me the knowledge that I could support myself and earn my own money. Now I'm lucky enough to be working with other people hoping to realise the same dream.
What's been missing in the public debate, and deserves particularly focus in this, Living Wage Week, is the failures of distribution of the wealth of our society that has seen millions left without the means of basic survival; that half a million people are, today, in the sixth-richest country in the world, dependent on food banks, should be considered a driver for major, immediate, change.
Some interesting poll results have just been released, investigating what the British public think about our economy and the ways to fix it. The poll, by YouGov for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, strongly suggests we're giving up on capitalism and want the state to run more of the economy.
By Andrew James, University of Manchester The announcement that defence company BAE Systems is to cut 1,775 jobs at its naval warship yards in Portsm...
As it is, I am not inundated with glimmering employment gems, thus I will begin my list that comprises my list 'How to remain positive in your job search.'
From May 2014, third party groups will be gagged a year before general elections. By law, they will not be able to hold politicians to account or critique government policy. Community groups and charities will no longer be free to protest about local issues- opposing changes to NHS services, voicing concern about environmental issues and alerting the public to 21st Century Britain's growing reliance on food banks will all be banned.
The last week has brought news of dangerously low inflation in Germany, and we learnt that German retail sales had plunged in September, Eurozone unemployment edged up by 0.2% to 12.2%, and the Consumer Price Index across the Eurozone is estimated to have risen only 0.7% in the last year.
In short, if economic experts actually knew what they were talking about, some of them might agree with each other. As they don't, let's assume they don't.