From the TUC

The CBI’s rose-tinted specs

Nigel Stanley

08 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Working Life

The CBI cannily time their annual labour market survey to the opening day of the TUC congress. Sometimes it’s what we in the communications trade call a spoiler – an attempt to muscle in on the natural media attention paid to the TUC (and of course sometimes the TUC does the same with the annual…




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Stimulate those fiscals!

Adam Lent
Guest

07 Sep 2008, by in Economics

Earlier this year, George Bush launched a fiscal stimulus package to get US consumers spending again. It had the full backing of Democrats in Congress. Indeed Democrats (and John McCain apparently) are now pushing for a second round of stimulus but Bush is resisting. By my calculations, the package was worth about £650 on average to 130 million US taxpayers. …




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#4 Do the Super-Rich matter?

ToUChstoneblog

07 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

It’s the controversy that is becoming symbolic of a wider debate about the future direction of the UK. Should we be ‘intensely relaxed’ about the super-rich, as Peter Mandelson claimed? Or are they symptomatic of something fundamentally wrong with Britain? Do the Super-Rich Matter? forensically analyses the impact the wealthiest are having on our wellbeing.…




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Making good use of windfall profits

Philip Pearson

05 Sep 2008, by in Economics

Back in the Spring, the TUC’s Budget submission called for a windfall tax on energy companies. According to Ofgem, the energy regulator, the electricity industry will benefit from a windfall profit of around £9 billion from the free allocation of their emission permits from 2008 to 2012. A tidy profit with permits worth 24 euros…




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Clean coal, Kingsnorth and Hansen’s warning

Philip Pearson

05 Sep 2008, by in Environment

Have we got our policies right on clean coal? This week I attended a seminar with Dr James Hansen, widely regarded one of the world’s leading climate change scientists. He is visiting the UK to hold a series of meetings with UK politicians, NGOs, trade unions and business leaders – and giving evidence at the…




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Some home truths about trafficking

Nicola Smith

04 Sep 2008, by in Working Life

Research undertaken by Eaves on London’s sex industry – and the experiences of the women who can be trafficked into forced prostitution – is chilling. Some women valued at £15 a go, and recognition from male purchasers that the prices are so low they may be buying sex with slaves:




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Useless tax policy #1 and #2

Adam Lent
Guest

02 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

The Conservative Party are heading for a hat trick of tax policies that completely miss the point. At the end of last week, George Osborne wrote to the Chancellor declaring that he would cut corporation tax from 28% to 25% to stop companies leaving the UK.  However, as the tax expert and obsessive blogger Richard…




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