Posts under ‘Public Spending’

The politics of Tory pledge-breaking

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Political gravity is starting to assert itself on the Tories’ ridiculous manifesto. You will recall that this gang of scaremongerers, who spent the entire election trading on economic competence, getting the deficit and public sector debt down, and “strong leadership” promised £28bn in unfunded spending commitments – presumably with the view that they’d never get chance […]

Try as he may, Osborne cannot “eliminate the deficit”

by Ann Pettifor.

The Fabian Society invited Nicola Smith of the TUC, Dan Corry – once a Labour government adviser – and me to address their Summer Conference ten days ago. The theme: how can Labour restore its economic credibility with the electorate? The audience was large – about 300 earnest, well-informed and assertive Fabians. The discussion was […]

Only Tory structural stupidity can explain Osborne’s budget surplus law

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The Conservative Party is structurally stupid. As a force the Gods of social dynamics have condemned to a slow and unlamented decline, so madness inevitably manifests itself in all manner of horrible pathologies. A more signal example of this is George Osborne’s speech, made yesterday evening, basically outlawing the state’s ability to run a budget surplus. It […]

Labour’s intellectual straitjacket – who’ll lead us out of the economic cul-de-sac?

by Bryan Gould.

Labour’s leadership contenders are constantly asked, by party members and commentators alike, whether they propose to move the party leftwards or rightwards. Few seem willing or able to answer that question other than in the terms in which it is put. They thereby seem to accept the contention that all of politics can be encapsulated […]

Osbornomics goes toxic

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s Mansion House speech last night reverts to the old-fashioned economics of the governor of the bank of England in the 1920-30s, Montague Collet Norman, which led to the General Strike of 1926 and the Wall Street crash of 1929, followed by the desperate misery and hand-to-mouth subsistence of the 1930s which was so etched […]

Outside the Westminster bubble, people are mobilising against austerity

by Steve Turner.

Within 72 hours of the Tories forming a majority in Parliament it became crystal clear they were salivating at the opportunity to further impose their political austerity agenda for another five years. Attacks on freedom of speech, protest, the Human Rights Act and the right to strike came swiftly. Threshold limits on industrial action ballots […]

What can we expect from renewed austerity?

by Michael Burke.

The new Tory government will renew its austerity offensive shortly with the publication of an ‘emergency Budget’ on July 8. It is simple to demonstrate that the previous austerity programme caused the economy to grind to a halt (and with it the improvement in government finances). Supporters of austerity like to claim that austerity led […]

Did New Labour spend too much?

by Michael Burke.

It is not sufficient for big business to have secured an election victory and an overall Parliamentary majority for the Tory Party. It is also necessary to intervene in the Labour Party to ensure that its leadership also conforms to big business interests too. This currently takes the form of candidates in the leadership contest […]

Putting people first : Venezuela builds 700,000 new homes

by Matt Willgress.

Despite facing many difficulties, Venezuela’s latest achievements in housing are a timely reminder of why our solidarity with Venezuela remains so important, writes Matt Willgress Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro recently inaugurated the 700,000th house built under a state-led initiative called the Great Housing Mission to provide housing to all Venezuelans, continuing the impressive results of a […]

Global economic crisis: has Labour dodged a bullet?

by Ann Pettifor.

While Labour and LibDem activists mourn, and political opportunists seize the moment, is the loss of the election such a bad thing? Might this be a good time to lose an election? I think so. The reasons can be found in both domestic and global financial imbalances, in the advance of de-globalisation trends that are […]

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