UK Economics

Welcome to the Conservatives' Victorian Thunderdome

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If David Cameron and George Osborne had been born to single parents living in social housing, perhaps they would look at life differently. Fate saw them born to privilege, but instead of softening their hearts, their good fortune has hardened them and fostered a belief that victimising the less fortunate is a viable social and economic policy.

Cuts Will Not Reduce the Government Deficit - In Fact They Could Do Quite the Opposite

John Mills | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
John Mills

Certainly, there is a problem. Between 1991 and early 2015, gross government debt rose from 31% to 89% of GDP. The interest charges to finance this debt last year came to £43bn - roughly equal to the total amount spent on primary and secondary education taken together, or our total expenditure on defence.

A Nation Going Digital?

Dan Andersson | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Dan Andersson

LEOcoin is already leading the way in demonstrating how a secure, internationally tradable currency, existing outside the financial status quo, can galvanise the SME sector. I see no reason why it cannot radically change the way governments do business too. Once the dam is breached we'll likely look back and wonder how we used to do finance any other way.

Black Monday: The Bigger Picture

Mete Coban | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Mete Coban

Black Monday is the reason why Britain needs to step up its role in the European Union and the global arena. Those who have persistently argued that Britain needs to leave Europe completely disregarded the impact of globalisation and the growing economic interaction between states.

Is Corbynomics Too Good to Be True?

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

What makes me nervous is the way Corbyn and his allies are flourishing QE as though it solves all economic problems at a stroke. Using the power of money creation is not something that can be done irresponsibly; it must be subject to two important constraints.

The Great Investment Debate

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

The Conservatives should not be complacent, assuming Corbyn will return the UK to the politics of the 1980s. In the great investment debate he has an opportunity to put forward a coherent and distinct growth agenda. The Conservative party should pre-empt this by doing more to end decades of under-investment.

The Data Behind Cameron's Radicalisation Plan: It Doesn't Add Up

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Jeilani

David Cameron recently announced his 5 year plan to tackle radicalisation. I am concerned at the inconsistency in logic and the lack of data behind...

Despicable Budget by a Despicable Government

Mark Serwotka | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

George Osborne has always been described as a "political chancellor", as if there was really any other kind. But his first Tory-only budget confirmed he is more than comfortable with the nasty politics of division and hypocrisy.

Striking the Right Balance

Tony Dolphin | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

In today's budget, George Osborne sets out a path for the government's fiscal deficit over the next five years. His aim is to get the overall budget into surplus by 2019/20. This is one year later that planned back in March - a welcome smoothing of the path for eliminating the government's deficit. But he may still be moving too fast.

Business Education Could Reboot the UK Economy

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Enterprise and financial education in schools is vital if we're to have a chance of improving our economic prospects. If implemented now, a national initiative for enterprise and financial education could help us to produce future generations of motivated, confident, work-ready young people with the skills to succeed, innovate and increase the UK's productivity. Surely this is an investment worth making.

What Labour Can Learn From Poldark

Jac Heanen | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jac Heanen

The difference between Poldark and the real economy is that Mr Miliband could conjure a wage rate out of thin air. In September last year Labour answered worker's calls when they announced a large uprate in the national minimum wage to £8 should they get into power.

Reinvention and Innovation Are Key for Economic Recovery

Peter Morgan | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

As time goes by technology improves with the intention of providing better product performance and function or the same product performance and functi...

What's Behind the Surge in Poverty Porn? We Are

Michael Havis | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Havis

Documentaries about benefits and those who get them can be insightful, but when you're tuning in for a thrill it's poverty porn - so do remember to feel a tad ashamed when the credits roll.

Louise Ridley

'This Is The Best Economic News In Human History' | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK

An MIT director and business expert has revealed “the best economic news in human history,” claiming that we're on the brink of the possibility of...

Homo Economicus: A Terrible Economic Theory

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

People spend money on things they don't need, drink themselves stupid at prices they can't afford and perhaps worst of all, offer charitable donations and expect nothing in return.

Why Britain Needs a Nature Manifesto

Tony Juniper | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK
Tony Juniper

Nature is not a drag in meeting social and economic goals. The reverse is the case. Perhaps more of them would be able to see this if only they spent a little time reading the evidence confirming this alternative reality, much of which was officially collected at considerable public expense.

Richest 1% to Earn more than Other 99%

Jack Kershaw | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Jack Kershaw

But does this mean for those of us who, may not be in the top 1%, but have certainly earned our fair share of wealth?

My Three Words for Davos this Year

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recent events have seen countries recognize UHC as an essential component of their future political and social stability. This is a large part of the rationale for the huge investments being made into health coverage in China, Indonesia, Brazil and many other nations.

Sharing Our Future

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Karim Goudiaby

Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.

If a Cycle of Debt and Low Demand is Prohibiting Economic Expansion Look to the Foreign Market for Growth

Peter Morgan | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

Less public and private sector spending, or 'consumer consumption', leads to less need for manufacturing and service providing reducing levels of productivity, which is a decline in economic output.

5 Awkward Charts Osborne Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics

As the Tories burnish their "long term economic plan" in their campaign to win this May's general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has issue...

Putting Financial Inclusion at the Heart of the Development Agenda for 2015 and Beyond

Sevi Simavi | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Sevi Simavi

Approximately 2.5 billion people across the world do not have a bank account, the majority of whom are women. This means that, all too often, female entrepreneurs cannot access basic financial services.

Rising From the Bottom to the Top Has Got to Stop - According to the Green Party

Harry Saville | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Promoting global economic growth is clearly not on the Green agenda, and clearly they're quiet content with the notion that this might mean that people rising from the bottom to the top might have to stop.

Is the Sharing Economy a Caring Economy?

Nick Liddell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Nick Liddell

As a child, I was brought up to believe that sharing was a good thing to do. It makes sense to share things we don't need to use all the time. It's a way of making and keeping friends. It often comes with an emotional reward. And it's a sign of a civilised society at work: not every exchange of valuable goods requires a transaction.

Two Personal Allowances for Two Forms of Employment to Encourage Economic Growth?

Peter Morgan | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Peter Morgan

At the moment there is one personal tax allowance for all forms of employment. It doesn't matter whether the individual in question works for themselves, a corporation, an agency or the government they will only be entitled to one personal tax allowance, which has to be assessed and regulated to the Inland Revenue's specifications.