Posts under ‘Prices/Inflation’

Fall in wages has much further to run

by Tom O Leary.

The latest consumer price inflation (CPI) data showed a sharp acceleration in prices increases. This will have a negative effect on real wages and real incomes, once inflation is taken into account. Most workers are facing flat wages and the poor, who rely on social welfare and are seeing freezes or cuts, will all be […]

Why doesn’t Labour lambast the Tories on their weakest point – the economy?

by Michael Meacher.

It is strange that Labour hasn’t launched a full frontal attack on the Tory handling of the economy over the last 5 years, because it’s been deplorable. The only points the Tories make in defence of their own management are growth and jobs. But look at the record. Osborne’s bizarre idea that contracting the economy […]

Osborne fiddles the figures – again – on living standards

by Michael Meacher.

In a budget speech spent firefighting against his opponents’ attacks, Osborne’s most eye-catching claim was that household incomes are now higher in 2015 than in 2010. However like everything else this slippery chancellor does, nothing should be taken at face value. And once again the spin he has put on the facts is wildly misleading. […]

Spain’s jobs crisis will last as long as it is in the euro

by Tom Gill.

By Juan Torres López and translated from the original Spanish by Tom Gill A crucial question for the Spanish economy is why it suffers a level of unemployment that is much higher than the rest of the economies that surround it. Obviously, it is a question with no simple unequivocal answer, for surely there are many factors […]

Fracking in the UK is out for the foreseeable future

by Michael Meacher.

Listening to Osborne waxing exuberant over Britain’s energy future because of his obsession with a fracking revolution in the UK to match that in the US, you might be excused for thinking that he had a trump electoral card. Any such idea is nonsense, for several reasons. The predicted fracking deposits in this country are […]

Euroland’s Utopian foundations shaken by its central bank shirking its duties

by Ann Pettifor.

The late-night decision on 4 February by the European Central Bank to reject Greek bank collateral for monetary policy operations will, I confidently predict, precipitate not just a run on Greek banks; not just greater price instability across the Eurozone – but ultimately, the collapse of the fantastic machinery that is the ‘self-regulating’ economy of the Eurozone. […]

With ballooning debt and oversized banks, another financial crash isn’t far off

by Michael Meacher.

In election Britain this last week has been consumed with business and finance, mainly the hedge funds, lambasting Labour for being ‘anti-business’, as though massive indulgence in tax avoidance and continued insistence on de-regulation of finance were the conditional requirements of a successful global economy. Actually they are the forerunners of the next financial collapse […]

Osborne learns to his cost that private markets don’t oblige

by Michael Meacher.

It’s really rich that Osborne has tweeted: “Vital this (drop in the oil price) is passed on to families at petrol pumps, through utility bills and air fares”. He’s spent the last 5 years lambasting Labour in support of the Tory free market mantra that the State should get out of the way and leave […]

Economic recovery failing working people

by Grahame Morris.

In 2010, the Tories promised to make work pay. Today, they are hailing the economic recovery, growth revised up and record numbers of people in employment. The economy is certainly working for those at the top. A top rate income tax cut has coincided with the return of bankers bonuses and above inflation increases in […]

The downward spiral: private debt rising, wages, productivity & inflation falling

by Ann Pettifor.

The Bank of England’s Andy Haldane is a fine economist. He occupies an ideology-free zone. This is highly unusual in central bank circles. He made a particularly skilful and nuanced speech last week. Many gushed over it. Gillian Tett of the Financial Times suggested that it was good enough to qualify Haldane as a journalist. […]

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