Posts under ‘Macroeconomics’

Corbynomics: winning with policy clarity

by Michael Burke.

Economic policy is central to the survival and eventual victory of the new Labour leadership, even though it is clearly not the only issue. Contrary to the usual Tory media reports, Jeremy Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell registered an advance with the debate and vote on Osborne’s risible Fiscal Responsibility Charter. That advance […]

“Butskellism” versus Keynes and Marx

by Michael Burke.

The debate is continuing on the purpose of government borrowing and the role of ‘balanced budgets’ – which was started by John McDonnell’s position of balancing the budget on current expenditure but borrowing for investment. This is not surprising given that economic policy has to be the core of the programme for a Labour government. […]

Memo to Jeremy & John: it’s the country’s deficit that matters, not the government’s

by Bryan Gould.

A major factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to voters in the recent leadership election – and potentially to the wider electorate as well – was his brave assertion that austerity was the wrong response to recession and was doing absolutely avoidable damage to both economic performance and social cohesion. That assertion not only gave fresh […]

Austerity – It’s Not Working and it’s Not Popular!

by Matt Willgress.

Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory in the Labour leadership election was the clearest sign yet that not only is austerity not working, it’s increasingly not popular. Before Jeremy’s entrance into the leadership race, on a clear anti-austerity platform that argued for a progressive alternative based on investment rather than cuts, the leadership campaign had begun with […]

What is behind Osborne’s move to the centre-ground?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Is the loss of Lord Adonis from the Labour side of the Lords really a coup for George Osborne? Not really. A tsunami failed to erupt from the impact point in the cross benches, sweeping away the shiny new works of our equally shiny new leadership. The political damage is limited because he’s not terribly […]

How Labour should deal with the Fiscal Responsibility Act

by Michael Burke.

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are frequently in advance of many of their supporters on economic matters, including their supporters in academia and economic commentators. They are correct to argue against permanent budget deficits and in favour of the central role of public investment as the path out of the crisis, identify People’s Quantitative Easing […]

Escaping “Stockholm syndrom – Stop fessing up to errors Labour didn’t make

by Ann Pettifor.

Mr Osborne’s most striking political achievement, with the connivance of the economics profession and media, is to reframe the debate about the most severe crisis in living memory away from finance and towards the welfare state – identified as causal of the crisis. In reframing the debate he has succeeded in ‘capturing’ some of his […]

The People’s Assembly goes to Labour conference

by Steve Turner.

This year’s Labour Party conference was truly a turning point in the anti-austerity movement. That day when I introduced Jeremy Corbyn on stage at the huge People’s Assembly march in June he was greeted like a rock star- so while many of us were optimistic about how his leadership campaign would unfold over the Summer […]

Osborne is beginning to make some serious mistakes

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne has always had an overweening arrogance as he plots his path to the premiership before 2020. But his calculation is beginning to desert him. It is extraordinary that he has spent a week sucking up to China, accompanied by six ministers in his retinue, when everyone else is fleeing the country as being in […]

Corbynomics and balanced budgets

by Andy Newman.

It has been a stormingly successful two weeks for Jeremy Corbyn, and for the Labour Party. We have seen membership growth, not only more members, but a membership more representative of the broader population, younger and more gender balanced. We have a majority of women in the shadow cabinet for the first time ever, we […]

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