From the TUC

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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The FT’s must reads

Nigel Stanley

03 Oct 2008, by in Economics

The op-ed page of the FT today is pretty essential. Both John Monks, now of the ETUC, but my old boss, and Nick Clegg , of the Liberal Democrats, stress the need for a European response to the financial crisis. The anger in the UK government at the Irish decision to provide unlimited protection for…




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Science, civilisation and humanity

Tim Page

02 Oct 2008, by in Economics

Yesterday saw the publication of Professor Bill Wakeham’s report into the health of UK physics. The Wakeham Review had a strange remit. It seemed to be a response to controversy about the short-term funding settlement for physics, yet it was asked to take a long-term look, deliberately not addressing immediate concerns.




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Wanted: new industry policy to support UK manufacturing

Tim Page

01 Oct 2008, by in Economics

Today’s report from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, showing that British manufacturing is shrinking at its fastest rate since records began, is more evidence, if more were needed, of the challenges facing the British economy. Levels of output, new orders and employment in the manufacturing sector recorded unprecedented declines last month, according to the…




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Tories even harsher to the unemployed

Richard Exell

30 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Society & Welfare

I’ve been using this blog to moan about the Government’s harsh line on unemployed people, and on benefit claimants more generally, but you can rely on the Conservative Party conference to prove that there’s still clear blue water between Labour and the Opposition. Chris Grayling, the Conservative spokesperson, seems to believe that the reason we…




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