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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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Congratulations to Heathrow – now become a Living Wage employer

01 Jul 2015, by in Economics

This morning, the TUC has welcomed the recommendation from the Airports Commission calling for additional runway capacity at Heathrow. We have long been on record as supporting airport expansion. As the voice of Britain at work, the TUC seeks the creation of successful businesses, economic growth and quality jobs. The economic case for airport expansion…

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#Budget2015: Did it lay the foundations for longer term growth?

18 Mar 2015, by in Economics

Today’s Budget contained a range of measures to support industry, infrastructure and science. Among the highlights were: £400m up to 2020-21 for the funding of cutting-edge scientific infrastructure. The government will also provide further strategic science and innovation investments to make the UK a global leader in emerging markets and technologies; A near doubling of…

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A few thoughts on industrial policy, productivity … and Italy!

09 Feb 2015, by in Economics

Sadly, most Touchstone readers won’t be able to watch this fascinating discussion between Mariana Mazzucato, author of ‘The Entrepreneurial State’, and Yoram Gutgeld, economic advisor to the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. It took place on ‘Otto e Mezzo’, a discussion programme broadcast on the Italian TV channel, LA7 and is, unfortunately, without subtitles. I’ll…

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