This is my Fundweb blog post from 30 November (before the Autumn Statement). Apologies for the delay in posting it but I have had severe technical problems in the past couple of weeks. A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a highly respected think tank, gives some useful pointers on what next week’s Autumn [...]
My report on Greek austerity for Fund Strategy magazine is on the Real Clear Markets portal today.
This is Monday’s Perspective column from Fund Strategy (although the concluding sentence was edited out of the published version). Standing in the centre of tourist Athens on a sunny autumn day, there are no obvious signs of economic crisis. Visitors from many countries walk up the steep paths on the sides of the Acropolis, the [...]
Next Friday evening at 8.30pm I will be speaking at a debate organised by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, on whether austerity should be embraced or rejected. The event will be at the Duke of Cornwall hotel.
The campaign to promote shared sacrifice by calling for higher taxes on the wealthy seems to have taken off across Europe. In many cases rich individuals seem to be following the example of Warren Buffett (see 21 August post), one of America’s richest investors, who was in turn heeding Barack Obama’s call. France. Some 16 [...]
This special edition of “articles of note” groups together some reactionary ideas that are often considered radical nowadays. Clinton is proving that a feminist foreign policy is possible – and works, Guardian, by Madeleine Bunting. The author praises Hillary Clinton’s feminist foreign policy. For more on this theme see posts of 23 August 2009, 9 [...]
Africa needs growth, not pity and big plans, Wall Street Journal, by Matt Ridley. Africa needs aid, not flawed theories, Wall Street Journal, by Bill Gates. Ridley and Gates debate the problems of Africa and climate change. Beyond ‘dangerous’ climate change: emission scenarios for a new world, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, by [...]
I was interviewed for Newswhip.ie, an Irish news website, by Jason Walsh. Although we did not specifically talk about the Irish economy the recent crisis obviously provided the backdrop to the discussion.
A weird argument from David Blanchflower, often seen as one of Britain’s most radical economists, in an article on the Guardian website. As an alternative to the government’s economic strategy he argues: “(T)here is a better way – five or six years of 5% inflation does the job nicely. That way we get to inflate [...]
Ireland still has the power to make itself a country worth living in, the Observer, by Fintan O’Toole. The assistant editor of the Irish Times argues the Ireland should embrace “ethical austerity”. I suspect that will be even more painful than regular austerity. Government ‘planning to measure people’s happiness‘, BBC. For a critique of this [...]
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