Posts Tagged ‘Deficit’

Greek myths retold: confronting the ideologues of austerity

by Michael Burke.

The world economy is not strong and the President of the United States is sufficiently concerned about new shocks to it that he recently met the Greek Finance Minister to urge ‘flexibility on all sides’ in the negotiations between the Syriza-led government and its creditors. US concern is fully justified. In any attempt to reach agreement it […]

There are 3 ways to cut the deficit – why has Labour chosen the wrong one?

by Michael Meacher.

The budget deficit, which has been far more central to this election campaign than it should have been, can be dealt with in three separate ways. It can be reduced by cutting net expenditure either by taxing the poor or by taxing the rich, or it can be reduced by cutting unemployment (the ‘automatic stabilisers’ […]

The central issue of this election is a mystery wrapped in an enigma

by Michael Meacher.

The key issue of this election,behind all the superficial flashy giveaways, is paying off the deficit. It still stands this year at £92bn when Osborne pledged in 2010 it would be £37bn or below – a discrepancy of £55bn, not exactly a minor slippage. So how exactly, after 5 years in which Osborne has tried […]

Osborne’s claim of a let-up in austerity in next 5 years is a lie

by Michael Meacher.

George Osborne didn’t deliver a budget yesterday. He delivered a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party in which analysis of the macroeconomic state of the economy, which is the real purpose of budget statements, was almost totally absent. Osborne’s speech yesterday had two aims. One was to give the impression that the […]

Austerity didn’t even cut the deficit

by Michael Burke.

The Coalition parties are set to feature deficit reduction as a central achievement of their time in office as part of the election campaign. The economic crisis is driven by the excessive saving of the private sector – its refusal to invest. As the government’s deficit is a response to this private sector saving, cutting […]

How do the parties think they’ll reduce today’s deficit of £100bn to zero by 2020?

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne continues trying to taunt Labour about eliminating the deficit altogether by 2020. But he’s never set out any strategy by which he might get within even spitting distance of it. Economic growth isn’t going to do it. Under his current policies Britain now invests only 14% of its GDP, one of the lowest rates […]

Tory own goal on debt and the deficit pledges

by Michael Burke.

The Tory Party has decided to make public finances a key battleground for the election. Key supporters of austerity such as the FT’s economics editor Chris Giles have echoed that, arguing that the “defining battle of the 2015 general election [is] over borrowing and public spending“. It is only possible to stake out political ground on […]

Why are we so obsessed with the deficit?

by Michael Meacher.

In general election year 1970 a last-minute delivery of two US civil aircraft to the UK arguably changed the course of the election. The great issue that year was the adverse balance of payments, and the sudden and unexpected import cost of these two planes was seen to tip the scales against the incumbent government […]

When will Labour start whacking Tories over their economic policy failures?

by Michael Meacher.

The Tories’ first election poster depicts a road wending its way through the countryside till far in the distance, with the motif below: continue with the Tory-led recovery of the economy which the Labour party wrecked. It’s a theme which will be repeated endlessly up till the election which Labour, astonishingly, has made no attempt […]

Deficit nonsense: right, left and centre

by Michael Meacher.

It is extraordinary that both the main parties have now put forward their plans for meeting the deficit, which is going to prove the centrepiece of the election, yet neither plan carries credibility. Osborne has once again committed the Tories to £30bn of further spending cuts on a rolling 3-year programme, i.e. currently targeted at […]

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