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Blogs by Andrew Alexander

  • Greece can learn from Britain's fixed rate disasters

    Greece can learn from Britain's fixed rate disasters

    | Europe
    At least we are not part of the Eurozone – though it was a close run thing in 1997 and 2003 when two attempts were made to push us into the system with all the travails that would have involved.The British advice in today’s crisis is that Greece should somehow ...
  • Will the OBR stop George Osborne throwing his chickens overboard?

    Will the OBR stop George Osborne throwing his chickens overboard?

    | Economy
    We have some cause to be grateful to Robert Chote, Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (and what an awesome title that is!) How could we have managed without such a lofty personage in the past? Being responsible to MPs was not enough, Chancellor George Osborne decided in 2010, ...
  • Who needs inflation? Enjoy this temporary pause!

    Who needs inflation? Enjoy this temporary pause!

    | Economy
    We have been warned. If we are not careful, inflation could fall further plunging us – horror of horrors! – into a period when the value of the pound in our pocket (or purse) stays stable, in other words no inflation. What is so worrying about that? A lot of ...
  • How the state promotes unemployment

    How the state promotes unemployment

    | Employment regulation
    The language is appropriately Orwellian. Under the general heading of Employment Safeguards, Westminster churns out rules which any honest person would label Employment Endangerment. Government has made providing jobs yet another hazard for the businessman. He has become all too well aware of the threat. There is always liable to ...