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Industrial and environmental policy in #Budget2016: Is that it?

16 Mar 2016, by in Environment

Like the rest of the Budget, measures announced today to address industry, energy and the environment were distinctly underwhelming. I’ve just ploughed through the Budget document (the so-called ‘red book’) and perhaps the Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty sums it up in my favourite tweet of the day: No, George, you are not the builders. You are…

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What role for industrial strategy in wealth redistribution?

11 Feb 2016, by in Economics

Yesterday, the ever-thoughtful Policy Network caught my eye with the following tweet: “The left needs to create a new industrial strategy to deliver redistribution without the help of the big state.” This tweet linked to an article, ‘Socialism without the state’, by Claudia Chwalisz and Patrick Diamond. I won’t say too much about the role…

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Osborne commits to industrial strategy #SpendingReview

25 Nov 2015, by in Economics

In his speech to Parliament today, the Chancellor, George Osborne said: “Businesses also need an active and sustained industrial strategy. That strategy launched in the last parliament continues in this one.” To be truly accurate, the strategy was launched in the parliament before last, with Peter Mandelson’s ‘New Industry, New Jobs’ policy. But let’s not…

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Digital Disruption or Digital Dividend?

01 Oct 2015, by in Economics

It was a pleasure to speak at a fringe meeting on the digital economy, organised by Policy Network, at this year’s Labour Party Conference. I haven’t spoken or written on this subject before, so here are my slightly adapted comments to the meeting. “It is sometimes argued that the widespread adoption of Information and Communications…

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What should China do now?

13 Aug 2015, by in Economics

Global markets are understandably jittery at what has become the biggest fall in the renminbi, China’s currency, since the 1990s. Duncan Weldon explained what is going on with his customary clarity on last night’s Newsnight programme. In a nutshell, between the reforms of the late 1970s and the financial crisis of 2008, the Chinese economy…

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What if Mao still ran China?

11 Aug 2015, by in Economics

I’ve always been a sucker for those ‘What if?’ historical scenarios. What if John Smith hadn’t died in 1994? Would New Labour ever have happened? How would social democracy look today in the UK? Or: What if Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro had not been kidnapped and killed by terrorists in 1978? Would he have…

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Summer Budget 2015 has little to say on industrial policy

08 Jul 2015, by in Economics

The headlines from today’s Budget are pretty clear to see: the National Living Wage, an apprenticeship levy for large employers, a further squeeze on benefits. There is little to say on industrial policy and whilst today’s Budget can be viewed as a statement about big themes, concerns that the government is quietly ditching the cross…

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