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  • The Endgame for the Eurozone?

    The Endgame for the Eurozone?

    Lord Flight | | Economy
    It is to be hoped – though it looks unlikely – that the measures that President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel have been seeking to organise will buy time to address the fundamental, underlying problem of the major decline in competitiveness of the Southern economies compared with Northern Europe, under a common currency. If ...
  • How can we escape this Greek tragedy?

    How can we escape this Greek tragedy?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    George Papendreou’s decision to hold a Greek referendum on the euro bailout package earlier this week looked, at first site, like a political masterstroke. Tasked with imposing austerity, he sought the backing of the Greek people for the plan laid out by European Union leaders the week before. No doubt ...
  • Public sector pensions; a catastrophe for UK plc

    Public sector pensions; a catastrophe for UK plc

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    Centre for Policy Studies Research Fellow and pensions expert Michael Johnson blogs for Conservative Home on the deal offered by the government to public sector unions, in what Tim Montgomerie has called one of the most important blogs on ConHome for some time. Yesterday’s concessions by the Coalition, in respect of ...
  • End complacency on Tobin  - it may be coming our way soon

    End complacency on Tobin - it may be coming our way soon

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    For too long, the UK Government and many leading UK institutions have failed to see the extraordinary threat to our national interest posed by the Tobin Tax (technically known as the Financial Transactions Tax and popularly known as the Robin Hood Tax). A Holy Trinity of Bill ...
  • GDP is a long-run indicator - policy should not change after every preliminary estimate

    GDP is a long-run indicator - policy should not change after every preliminary estimate

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Today’s preliminary GDP growth figures for Q3 2011 (an increase of 0.5% on the previous quarter) imply that the economy continues to struggle back towards its position prior to the recession. Unemployment is rising, and business confidence is low. In view of this, the most common ...
  • Britain and Europe in the Emerging Markets Century

    Britain and Europe in the Emerging Markets Century

    Stefan Andreasson | | Economy
    Dr. Stefan Andreasson, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Queen's University Belfast, writes on the changing face of world power as the Eurozone asks China to contribute towards its bail-out fund. What is notable in current debates about how the Eurozone economies, and the EU itself, ...
  • Executive pay: beware the headlines

    Executive pay: beware the headlines

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The newspapers and Twitter are awash with outcries over the huge increase in executive pay. An excellent report, undertaken by Incomes Data Services, has reviewed the remuneration of FTSE 100 Directors and CEOs. Their headline figure is that total earnings for FTSE 100 directors have increased, on ...
  • The grand euro summit: extraordinary claims, some ground but lots of questions

    The grand euro summit: extraordinary claims, some ground but lots of questions

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    It all started with high drama. German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that “No one should think that a further half century of peace and prosperity is assured. It isn’t. And that’s why I say if the euro fails, Europe will fail – and that mustn’t happen.” ...
  • The Banks: Symptoms or Causes

    The Banks: Symptoms or Causes

    Kieron O'Hara | | Economy
    Kieron O'Hara, University of Southampton and CPS Research Fellow, argues that we are all complicit in the actions of the bankers and should share some of the blame.The protesters occupying Wall Street, the London Stock Exchange and all the other evil places in the world got a surprisingly easy ride ...
  • Public sector finances for September 2011

    Public sector finances for September 2011

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    I’ve expressed before on the blog how it is very misleading to talk about spending ‘cuts’. The Government plans laid out in Budget 2011 had current expenditure set to increase in every year of this Parliament. Over £450 billion will be added to the national debt, even ...
  • Inflation wasn’t acceptable in the 1980s

    Inflation wasn’t acceptable in the 1980s

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Today’s bad inflation figures were as expected – CPI inflation is now up to 5.2 per cent with RPI at 5.6 per cent. The Bank of England continue to tell us that deflation is more of a concern, and yet they have now not met their inflation target ...
  • Supporters of the smaller state have failed to make the moral case for cuts

    Supporters of the smaller state have failed to make the moral case for cuts

    Lewis Brown | | Economy
    Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the CPS, considers the Occupy protests in London and concludes that supporters of smaller government have failed to build on the pre-election calls of writers like Fraser Nelson and Janet Daley to convince the electorate of the moral case ...
  • Imposition of the Tobin Tax through Europe would be an affront to national sovereignty

    Imposition of the Tobin Tax through Europe would be an affront to national sovereignty

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Whilst exploring Twitter yesterday, I came across an impassioned defence of plans for a European-wide Financial Transactions Tax (also known as the Tobin Tax) by the BBC’s Robert Peston. His argument, reporting the views of economist Avinash Persuad, seemed to centre on the fact that the London ...
  • QE, CE - what ifs and maybes.

    QE, CE - what ifs and maybes.

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    “This is the most serious financial crisis we've seen at least since the 1930s, if not ever," said Sir Mervyn King, on the day that the Bank of England decided to increase QE by £75 billion.For those of us who had been at the Conservative Party Conference, ...
  • The meaning of meaning

    The meaning of meaning

    Kieron O'Hara | | Economy
    What a difference a word makes. Today, it made the difference between a dramatically radical, challenging speech, and a sympathetic bromide.Nick Robinson and others have described how David Cameron redrafted his conference speech, changing a passage that read "The only way out of a debt crisis is to deal with ...