It is already apparent the BBC are going soft on the Conservative/Mrs May manifesto. No in depth questioning on what the level of means testing for winter fuel allowance. No in depth grilling on why they’ve basically ditched the Dillnot report on social care funding. No in depth attack over seven years of failed immigration pledges.… Read More

I keep hearing and seeing  people saying “Labour just want to give everyone free stuff.” Let’s briefly take a look at this. • Good Education for all benefits all of us and leads to greater prosperity for everyone; • well funded health ensure that all of us benefit, being happier, more productive, and living more… Read More

Modern “neoliberal” capitalism requires constantly increasing velocity and atomisation of transactions. A #robinhoodtax at 0.5% is nominal and fair. Capital cannot remain stateless and boarderless. Consider what VAT is: a regressive tax on the transaction of purchasing goods set at 20% (with exceptions). 0.5% on financial transactions is fair and reasonable, will raise £26bn. There… Read More

Today the Telegraph called those in £80,000 and above “workers.” Now, whilst many of them do work, the telegraph aren’t trying to invoke any sense of that understanding. What they are doing is a typical right wing “reframing” of language. The “working class” and “working people” has always been understood to include mainly blue collar… Read More

Part of an ongoing “Economic Myths Debunked” series. Economics is often portrayed as being independent, devoid of value judgements, and immune to ethical or ideological influence. Over the past thirty years our politicians and policymakers, many economists in the media, and most economics textbooks have encouraged us, in the words of Harvard professor Dani Rodrik (2009),  “to think of economics… Read More

You would be hard pressed to have missed the controversy that Raquel Rolnik, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, seems to have caused on her mission to examine the effects of the bedroom tax on the people of the UK. Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party (or ‘Michael Green’, or whatever he is calling… Read More

The government’s minister for Food has been urging us to eat our left-overs and pay more attention to how we store food to keep it longer. He says that during these times when most people’s budgets are squeezed, due to depressed wages and rising prices since the start of the financial crisis, we should adopt… Read More