From the TUC

Now that we’re owners

Nigel Stanley

08 Oct 2008, by in Economics

It’s a peculiar day. The banking sector has been partially nationalised  and with universal support. The Tax Payers’ Alliance accepts that this is the only game in town. The Conservatives are trying to sound tougher on the banks than the government. I suppose that there must be some fruit-loop market fundamentalists that oppose today’s rescue package in…




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They Just Don’t Get It #2: Digby Jones

Nigel Stanley

08 Oct 2008, by in Economics

At least when Digby Jones was a member of the government he was bound by collective responsibility, even if from time to time he stretched it rather more imaginatively than most. But today he has popped up on the BBC News Channel as the ambassador for the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Committee. He looks like…




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Clean coal – all hands on DECC

Philip Pearson

07 Oct 2008, by in Environment

A crucial European Parliament vote today (October 7) will help define the EU’s view on how to spend 30 billion euros ($40.77 billion) that EU member states will earn annually from selling carbon emissions permits from 2013. The vote could support 10 bn euros of aid for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Many MEPs will…




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Marching against child poverty

Nigel Stanley

06 Oct 2008, by in Society & Welfare

I confess that I am a little jaded about demos. Unless you can get turn-outs the size of stop-the-war or the Countryside Alliance no-one takes a great deal of notice. Many seem to consist of a lot of the same people selling newspapers to each other, and are often a bit glum – everyone there…




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Richard Freeman on what the credit crunch means

Nigel Stanley

03 Oct 2008, by in Economics

Richard Freeman is a top labour market economist – a professor at Harvard and senior fellow at the LSE – who takes a sympathetic ‘critical friend’ interest in the trade union movement. I’ve only just spotted this post from a few days ago from the US blog Today’s Workplace. Its conclusions will not surprise, but it…




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Cabinet Reshuffle: Good news on energy

Adam Lent
Guest

03 Oct 2008, by in Environment

It has been reported that a new government department of energy and climate change is being established.  This is very good news.  BERR, the Department for Business, did not understand the urgency of climate change and dithered and dabbled on energy policy for years never accepting that without a serious lead from Government, the energy sector…




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