UK Economics

The Falling Value Of The Pound: What It Means For Us

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vikram Kumar Khosla

As the ambiguity continues, the short and long term effects are yet to be seen clearly and what sale they are at, so overall it is early to come to a conclusion. Nevertheless, the recovery of the pound will take some time and will come at a price.

What does Digital R&D Mean in the Arts? What's The Value in the Arts Economy?

Leila Johnston | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Leila Johnston

But there's another economy which does reward work which is exploratory in and of itself. "R&D in the arts" seems to be quite a new thing, inspired by the digital model, but not motivated by financial revenue. I worry about the arts taking on the mantle, because R&D and innovation are terms with such an overwhelming direction built in to them

How Long Can the UK's Balance of Payments Deficit Continue?

John Mills | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Mills

The UK - and therefore its population - is living way beyond its means. We have a Balance of Payments deficit of about 7% of GDP means that, on average, we are all enjoying a standard of living which is 7% higher than we are earning. To support this unrealistic life-style we are either borrowing from abroad or selling assets to foreign interests year after year on a scale unmatched by any other developed country.

Brexit: What Does it Mean to the UK's Freelancers?

Chris Smith | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK
Chris Smith

Last Friday, the UK woke up to political upheaval and economic turmoil. In a move that seemingly stunned both campaigns involved, the British public v...

An Open Letter to Brexit

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rohan Banerjee

Dear Brexit, Congratulations on a hard if not well-fought victory in the EU referendum. I write to you with my heart as heavy as the pressure that now falls on your shoulders to make good of the biggest political and economic gamble in Britain's history.

Young People Should Vote for Brexit

Harry Maxwell | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

As Millennials, we are the generation who have the energy, increased entrepreneurial propensity and self-belief to drive this change. So let's take the opportunity to build a country of the future, together.

Four Things They Don't Tell You About The EU

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

The fact is the EU has done far more good than bad, and is a democracy. The future of democracy and our sovereignty is that it is shared and that we work together in this increasingly globalised world. Don't fall for the Brexit propaganda, in the long-term our future and success is in collaboration, not isolation.

Meet The 10 Brits Attending This Week's Secret Bilderberg Meeting

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK

This week, around 130 of the world's most rich and powerful figures will gather at the top-secret Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. The four...

The Future of Work Will Be Different

Tony Fish | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Tech
Tony Fish

Whilst we would like to think that our jobs, industries and income will not obey the basic rules of change, we would be naive to assume that the existing paradigm will remain. Most of us can remember the restrictions of our first, second and even current jobs but data suggests that how we currently work, versus how we will work in the future, is moving towards a new tipping point.

My Challenge to You, Mr Gove

Chris Hirst | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

I listened to you speak with respect and fear in equal measure this week. Your oratory skills are impressive and at times, your rhetoric is certainly convincing. The problem is, I just don't believe WHAT you're saying.

Housework: Should I or my mother do it?

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Therefore, without any excuses, I should do my chores. Yet before I get to them, my mum has already taken over and would rather I studied. I only hope that she releases her book soon.

Four Ways the OBR Could Be Wrong

Kitty Ussher | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

If any of these factors have more of an effect than the OBR has suggested then the Chancellor will find he has far more room for manoeuvre. I suspect that he already knows this: his largest "cuts" in response are either a re-phasing of existing commitments or subject to a review that wont publish until 2018, by which time the picture will be very different.

The Exchange Rate Is Falling and It's Good News

John Mills | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
John Mills

If you were to believe the commentariat, the recent falls in the pound are a complete disaster. According to many, we are on the edge of an economic abyss. Our country is about to be plunged into financial turmoil. And, worst of all it would seem, our summer holidays abroad have become a bit more expensive...

Liberating Motherhood

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The mother in western culture in the twenty-first century faces a huge number of obstacles before her in her attempts to frame her life with 'autonomy' and 'self-determination': or, simply put, the right to live and control one's own life. Mothers feel immense social and economic pressure to 'get a job', or feel the strain of 'doing it all' when they do.

Do We Have a Productivity Problem? Entrepreneurs Might Disagree

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Maximilian Yoshioka

While the discussion around the UK's lagging productivity statistics drags on, entrepreneurs have been busy creating the the innovative products and s...

A Sugar Tax Is Not Just Anti-Consumer, But Anti-Business too

Brook Whelan | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

The sugar tax, the proposal to ban TV advertising, the proposal to restrict 'buy one, get one free' offers - they are not just anti-business, but they are also anti-consumer.

The Human Face of Economics, via Davos and Rochdale

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Freeman

The pristine white snow and luxury hotels of the Swiss town of Davos formed the backdrop recently to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum; the most significant gathering of the planet's foremost economic, business and political brains. Three days of speeches, discussions and dinners that truly have an influence of global proportions...

The Myths That Justify Inequality Are Harming Us All

Bradley Allsop | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

One day we will look back on the myths that propped up this system with the same incredulity and scorn that we now do of claims of a superior race or race- the sooner that day comes, the better it will be for all of us.

Fraud: A Word to the Unwise

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

For those of us involved with fraud it looks like another good year for temptation to trump trustiness in the workplace.

2016 - A Goldilocks Year?

Nick Beecroft | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Nick Beecroft

A Goldilocks Year, not too hot, not too cold is our central scenario for 2016, and it would look something like this- Global growth accelerates a litt...

Britons Cannot Safely Afford Loans

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

The government would rather that we are in the dark about what "Affordable loans" really mean for honest, hard-working Britons.

When It Comes to Gender Parity, We're Only Halfway There

Cherie Blair | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Cherie Blair

In today's world, power lies in our political systems and our economies. These two institutions, broadly speaking, control the way we live our lives. They carry huge implications for our freedoms, our human rights and our levels of security - financial and otherwise. Now consider who has the greatest access to, and control over, these institutions. Overwhelmingly, it's men. This is the conclusion drawn by reams of research into gender parity across the globe. Take, for example, the World Economic Forum's new Global Gender Gap Report, which measures the gender gaps in four key areas - health, education, economic participation and political representation.

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Imagine you needed to solve the greatest problem facing humanity; a problem that was universally acknowledged and whose solution was an urgent necessity. Most of us would do anything to save a person we love. Surely we would also spend any amount of money, mortgage our futures even, to save the planet, our life-support system, from catastrophic climate change? But with such commitment and devotion comes vulnerability. This is particularly so when it comes to the issue of climate finance.

The Economic Impact of Open Data: What Do We Already Know?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

Open data fuels economic growth. Many believe in the theory and ask for the proof. A new report by Nesta and the ODI adds to the evidence of the impac...

Chinese Nuclear Finance Deal: What Cameron Might Say to President Xi Jinping

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

I'm delighted to have discovered a leaked 'damage limitation' briefing, sent to David Cameron from advisers, ahead of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. The paper gives some useful advice on what Mr Cameron should say to 'extract' himself from a damaging and embarrassing deal involving Chinese finance for nuclear new build...