A few days ago WWF revealed that over the last few decades, the number of marine vertebrates in our seas has halved. Bird, fish, reptile and mammal p...
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.
Having brought the National Living Wage into this world the Chancellor has set the country the right exam question - to implement it successfully. We know we'll be sitting that exam between today and 2020. Responsible parenting is about doing everything we can as a country to pass.
On Tuesday the House of Commons will vote on the rather boringly named 'Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015'. This won't be a debate you'll see being carried live on TV, it may even pass by without mention, but for millions of people it will have a serious impact on their income and quality of life. That's because these regulations make major changes to the tax credit system on which many families rely in order to make ends meet... The Conservative Party once promised not to balance the books on the back of the poor but sadly that is exactly what they appear to be doing now. As Liberal Democrats we will stand up to this injustice.
McDonnell's views on austerity, as well as reflecting a substantial body of opinion throughout the country, can rightly be said to represent conventional Labour party thought. Which party would want for its shadow chancellor someone whose economic philosophy was out of kilter with its mainstream?
Somewhere as a species we made a wrong turn and ventured forth down a bleak alley that leads to the veritable knife fight in a skip that modern society is becoming. Because what else are money, economics, politics, state borders and so on, but a fiction in which we collectively believe.
Whether or not the number of people on zero hours contracts is on the up (the ONS has warned against that conclusion, saying that it could just be that more people are aware of the contracts), they are here to stay. "We should not lament or celebrate an increase in the number of people using them," James Sproule said last week, but rather acknowledge that they are a small - but important - part of the UK's flexible labour market.
It's time to bring an end to overcharging by the Big Six. I am calling on the Government to put five years of inaction behind them and ensure everyone pays a fair price whether they switch or not, and back a 'Protected Tariff'.
Peer-to-peer lending is a booming market in the UK. According to the Peer 2 Peer Finance Association, cumulative lending at the end of the second qu...
Businesses have a legitimate right to be heard, and for them to express a view would add practical experience and good sense to the debate. And so shutting up the business lobby is probably impossible, and would be stupidly counterproductive. The Prime Minister's advisers, not for the first time, are wrong.
Austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity. When the Chancellor rose to his feet at the emergency Budget in July, and when he does so for his Spending Review in October, what is being put forward is an ideologically-driven rolling back of the state. The analysis published today by the TUC reveals how the Budget gives money to the rich, but takes away from the poor. This is the Conservative project, dressed up in the post-crisis language of budget deficits and national debt for extra impetus. Inequality doubled under the Thatcher government, and her heirs seem to be doing all they can to ensure that legacy is extended.
The 'National Living Wage' - a top-up to the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over - was the rabbit pulled from the Chancellor's Red Box at the Summer Budget back in July. But beyond the headline figures published alongside it, it was hard to be sure who the main beneficiaries would be. A new report by the Resolution Foundation breaks down just who is set to gain, where and by how much.
We in the west can't afford for China to go into deep recession -the country's government is struggling to control this current economic sneeze but I am confident that it will.
The UK is in the midst of a productivity crisis. While employment has finally recovered to pre-recession levels, and those in work typically work long hours, productivity remains low. But how is this possible?
Some are now seemingly making the mistake of thinking that Corbyn would not only be a leader who would be preferable to his rivals and predecessors, but would also be good enough to deliver what the world needs. Let me briefly lay out three key reasons why the latter isn't so.
I believe it's incumbent on those who want change in the European Union to offer up a positive alternative vision that would benefit the whole region rather than take a "me first" approach that many Euro-sceptics take. So here is a Europe I passionately believe in, a Europe that can genuinely advance the causes of peace, prosperity and democracy for the benefit of all...