Posts under ‘Macroeconomics’

Deficit rise this year destroys any purported case for austerity

by Michael Meacher.

The latest ONS Quarterly National Accounts tell a very significant story. For the media it was immediately a matter of Osborne likely not being able to provide a pre-election giveaway in a big new tax break to be announced in his Autumn Statement on 3 December. But that isn’t the real point at all. A […]

Leanne Wood interview: another Wales is possible

by Guest.

The annual conference of Plaid Cymru starts tomorrow. Here their leader, Leanne Wood, talks about the Scottish referendum and devolution, questions EVEL (English votes for English Laws) and opposes the evils of austerity. She is interviewed by Socialist Resistance SR: You were a very high profile and active supporter of the Yes campaign in Scotland. […]

‘Secular stagnation’ is the outcome of deliberate policy — it can (still) be reversed

by Ann Pettifor.

Martin Wolf in the FT today strikes a  different direction from those secular stagnaters shepherded by Larry Summers towards the cliff-edge of endless doom. Larry Summers devised and popularised the term, “secular stagnation”. He has a lot to answer for. His misjudgements, poor advice to the Obama administration, and flawed analysis have been catastrophic for the global […]

Osborne’s own policies shrink tax revenues, yet he cuts more to compensate

by Michael Meacher.

There are now unmistakeable signs that Osborne’s so-called economic recovery is fading, despite all the right-wing think tanks and pro-Tory media to talk it up. A survey of 7,000 businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce has just found that manufacturers have suffered a sharp slowdown in export orders, and even more significantly domestic sales […]

There is a magic money tree. It’s called investment

by Michael Burke.

Supporters of austerity have long argued that there is no viable alternative because of persistent government deficits and rising debt. David Cameron put it starkly arguing that “there is no magic money tree“. However these assertions contain two important fallacies. Firstly, it is evident that, if government is increasingly indebted it must be the case […]

Tories now wide open to attack: when is Labour going to exocet them?

by Michael Meacher.

Even on their own terms the Tories are now exposed to assault on several grounds. Cameron threw down the gauntlet by asking: Who do you trust? Labour should pick it up. Large majorities in the electorate think the Tories are the party of the rich, not for them; witness the tax cuts for millionaires and […]

Productive investment has not increased, so there is no sustainable recovery

by Michael Burke.

The latest GDP data showed that the British economy is a little stronger than previously thought. The economy is now 2.6% above its previous peak in the 1st quarter of 2008 and surpassed that peak in the 3rd quarter of 2013. However, the fundamental character of the current crisis is unaltered by the revised data. The […]

The Tory party’s 15% strategy

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Thankfully conference speeches don’t win general elections. There is no denying that Dave’s final performance at the Tory party’s annual gathering was masterful. It oozed the prime ministerial, that much exalted but seldom-attained quality. His speech was passionate, confident, coherent. Apart from an untimely Freudian (“… these are the people we resent“), Dave acted the […]

The fantasy of Osborne’s deficit cuts

by Michael Meacher.

The gap between Osborne’s swaggering rhetoric in his conference speech and the cold reality of the Tory public borrowing figures is almost unbridgeable. The key point, though you would never guess it from Osborne’s bluster, is that public borrowing under his stewardship is now rising, not falling. The ONS Public Sector Finances report for August […]

Labour HQ censors 91-year old veteran’s reference to welfare cuts and austerity

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, I received an email appearing to come from Andy Burnham about what I’m sure he did describe as “one of the most moving speeches I’ve ever heard“. It deserved strong praise — that’s why we featured 91-year old Harry Leslie Smith’s demand for David Cameron to “keep his mitts off my NHS” on Left Futures last week. It received […]

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