UK Economics

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...

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.