Posts Tagged ‘George Osborne’

Why austerity can’t eliminate the deficit

by Michael Meacher.

As Osborne has yet again pronounced, the Tory mantra repeated like a broken record is that spending cuts will continue throughout the next Parliament until the structural budget deficit is eliminated by 2019. Labour, to its shame, follows exactly the same line. Yet the ONS Quarterly National Accounts published by the government demonstrate that this […]

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 […]

Osborne’s ‘anti-business’ jibe at charities is a cover for eliminating dissent

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s latest diatribe at an Institute of Directors meeting against the ‘anti-business views’ of charities, pressure groups and trade unions (he would no doubt include the churches too, but daren’t risk publicly attacking them) is yet another sign of this Tory government’s determination to suppress criticism and squeeze out dissent to ensure the paramountcy of […]

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 […]

Public borrowing under Osborne now going UP

by Michael Meacher.

The whole point of the austerity programme imposed by Osborne was supposed to be to reduce the budget deficit. The latest data on the deficit however shows a dramatic and disturbing turnabout. Instead of going down, it is now rising, and there are good reasons for expecting this trend to continue. Official data shows that […]

The economic ‘recovery’ won’t hold till election next May

by Michael Meacher.

Fortunately for Osborne, Scotland is keeping the parlous state of the economy out of the news. UK manufacturing export orders have now turned negative for the first time in nearly 2 years, dimming any expectations that manufacturing and exports would lead the way in any upsurge. The immediate reasons blamed are the flagging Eurozone economy, […]

An inquiry into the banks at last. Great – or is it?

by Michael Meacher.

A new official inquiry into the banks is announced just when Osborne announces that the banking crisis is finally over. In fact it’s still coming to the boil – how does he manage to keep on coming up with these gags? Just 6 years late, you might think. But that’s the least problem. The real issue is […]

Fall in construction output shows Osborne “recovery” has lost momentum

by Michael Meacher.

The latest economic figures revealing a shock fall in construction output of more than 1% between April and May this year are alarming, but might be brushed off as an isolated quirk if all the other evidence pointed the other way. But it doesn’t. The construction slowdown is matched by an unexpected slump in factory […]

Gideon’s promise of a Goldilocks recovery is pure fantasy

by Michael Meacher.

George Osborne preened himself – yet again – at the IMF conference 2 days ago that the Western economies are now set for a prosperous future, even as central banks steadily withdraw the lifeline that kept them afloat after the 2008 crash. Apparently normality is returning after the unfortunate blip five to six years ago. […]

Beware Osborne’s massaged figures

by Michael Meacher.

According to the writing on Osborne’s tin, we now have the fastest rate of growth of any major Western country. But as with all tins, it’s as important to think about what it doesn’t say as what it does say, as well as to wonder whether what it does say is realistic and can be […]

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