Category Archives: Economics

Improving pay is only half of the cost of living story

Do you feel better off? This is going to be the key question as the general election approaches in 2015. The latest salvo in the battle about living standards came last night as the government published some analysis of take … Continue reading

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Why the Big Society should feed into our economic future

In an ideal world, it wouldn’t take a crisis to change things and we would always be prepared and able to work things through slowly and deliberately. But – as Winston Churchill apparently said – never let a good crisis … Continue reading

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Why no party can afford to ignore the cost of living

Has the penny dropped? David Cameron told The Spectator this week a Conservative majority would ‘go further’ on getting more people out of poverty. His intervention was timely: figures this week showed over half of all people in poverty – … Continue reading

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Trust consumers to build confidence in banking

In too many areas of British life, there has been a breakdown of trust. Banking is the biggest casualty. But the Banking Reform Bill, which received its third reading in the Commons this week, offers hope that trust can be … Continue reading

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It would be wrong for East Coast trains to remain nationalised

Today a campaign was launched to keep East Coast trains in public ownership. They’re arguing it’s one of the most efficient operators in the UK. It’s true, but they’re wrong about the reason: it’s not because it’s owned by the … Continue reading

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