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Shining a dim light on trade negotiations

Owen Tudor

26 Nov 2014, by in International

Today, the European Commission went some way towards meeting the criticisms of many – including the trade union movement – over the secret nature of the TTIP trade negotiations between the EU and the USA. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and Chair of the European Parliament trade committee Berndt Lange launched a ‘fresh start’ in the…

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The OECD keep up the offensive against austerity

Geoff Tily

26 Nov 2014, by in Economics

With the publication yesterday of the November 2014 Economic Outlook, Catherine Mann,chief economist, kept up the OECD offensive against austerity in the euroarea. While political considerations plainly demand a gentle approach and mild policy recommendations, some telling and important theoretical / practical points were made which are worth recording (along with relevant slides). I confess I…

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TTIP: a bad deal could be worse than no deal at all

Frances O'Grady

26 Nov 2014, by in International

I’ve been giving evidence to Members of Parliament about the EU-US trade deal currently under negotiation: the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Politicians and business leaders have become increasingly strident recently, concerned that the negotiations might not reach agreement. They say this would be bad for the economy, bad for jobs, and bad…

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UK Shale Gas: The Manufacturers’ View

Richard Warren
Guest

26 Nov 2014, by in Environment

Richard Warren of the Engineering Employers’ Federation writes on their view of the shale gas debate: The debate around shale gas in the UK has been unnecessarily polarised to date, with visions of a US style shale bonanza on the one hand and Texan oil giants plundering our green and pleasant land on the other.…

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GDP data indicate a return to the bad old days

Geoff Tily

26 Nov 2014, by in Economics

Strong headline GDP  figures are in contrast to expenditure detail that show key categories flagging. This goes beyond weaker business investment, which has been widely reported. The chart shows contributions to quarterly GDP growth by all of the main expenditure categories.    Contributions to GDP quarterly growth, percentage points In both the second and third…

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Are you a ‘domestic extremist’?

Jess Hurd
Guest

25 Nov 2014, by in Politics

Six members of the National Union of Journalists have launched a legal challenge to have their data removed from a police ‘domestic extremist’ database and stop the state surveillance of journalists and trade unionists. I’m a freelance photographer and my colleagues in the legal challenge with me include Times journalist Jules Mattsson, freelance video-journalist Jason…

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Mansion tax would affect just four families in every thousand

Paul Sellers

25 Nov 2014, by in Politics

A study compiled for the Evening Standard newspaper suggests that Labour’s proposed mansion tax would only be paid by 110,000 households, of which 86,00o would be in London. This needs careful examination, as there is obviously a concerted campaign going on against this proposal. First, DCLG statistics suggest that there are 27.7 million homes in the UK. The…

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