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Trade unions: shaping the process of change

08 Sep 2014, by in Politics

This afternoon, the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, addressed delegates to the TUC’s Congress in Liverpool. Headline writers will – quite rightly – focus on Chuka’s commitment, if elected, to “end blacklisting, once and for all”, in our construction industry. But in this post, I’d like to focus on another section of Chuka’s speech. Among…

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Finance for innovation: a priority for the UK

23 Jul 2014, by in Economics

“Economists know only one thing. If an economist says he knows more than one thing, he is exaggerating. And the one thing that economists know is this: today’s investment is tomorrow’s growth” So said Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England, at the House of Commons last night. Haldane was speaking at the…

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Democracy in the Workplace: an idea whose time has come

17 Jul 2014, by in Working Life

Today, the TUC launches ‘Democracy in the Workplace: Strengthening Information and Consultation’. This report is part of a wider theme, developed by the TUC in recent years, designed to give workers a say in how their companies are run. Such a say, in theory, already exists. In 2005, the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE)…

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After the crisis, can we find a different model of capitalism?

08 Jul 2014, by in Politics

Janan Ganesh, Financial Times commentator and biographer of George Osborne, writes a curious article today (‘Sharp cuts and dull protests augur ill for Labour’, Financial Times [£]). I won’t get into a discussion about dilemmas for Labour, as they are not my dilemmas. His argument about wide support for austerity as currently implemented does, however,…

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Andrew Adonis on the ‘Fractured Economy’.

01 Jul 2014, by in Economics

The ever-thoughtful Andrew Adonis has put much flesh on the bones of a future Labour growth strategy in his report, ‘Mending the Fractured Economy’, published this morning. This report follows a plan for growth published two years ago by one of the great thinkers on the Conservative side, Michael Heseltine. I take a close interest…

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Budget 2014: Two cheers for the Department for Business

19 Mar 2014, by in Economics

Vince Cable and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was a clear winner in today’s Budget. The ‘red book’, which sets out detailed tax and spending decisions in the Budget, lists announcements which, whilst modest, will assist the drive for balanced economic growth and will support manufacturers. Those announcements include: A doubling of the annual investment…

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Today’s PISA results and the Asian challenge

03 Dec 2013, by in Economics, Politics

Today’s PISA results have, quite rightly, provoked a vigorous debate about educational standards in the UK. In headline terms, out of a total of 34 countries, the UK scores 16th for reading, 19th for maths and 14th for science. PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, is run by the OECD every three years. I…

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More Mandarin, please!

25 Nov 2013, by in Economics, International, Politics

With apologies for late posting, I attended an excellent meeting at the RSA last Wednesday, to discuss a new book of essays, ‘Influencing Tomorrow’, co-edited by the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, and the Director of the European Leadership Network, Ian Kearns. The book addresses a wide range of foreign policy challenges and, as regular…

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Economics, fair wages and the rise of the machines

06 Nov 2013, by in Economics

I was in the audience at Battersea Power Station yesterday, to hear Ed Miliband’s speech about the cost of living crisis. During his speech, Ed mentioned that the Conservative’s seemed to have nothing to say in response to his initiative of a one-year tax break for companies paying the Living Wage. As if he had…

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