From the TUC

the left and the financial crisis

Nigel Stanley

19 Sep 2008, by in Economics

Economic policy has been unfashionable on the left (in its broadest sense) for more than a decade. New Labour has never been very interested in developing a critique of the way the economy worked. Despite real efforts to relieve poverty through tax credits, the minimum wage and other measures, it has always wanted to be the…

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Getting our sums wrong!

Tim Page

19 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Working Life

Some have described the past week as the most turbulent for the financial system since the Great Depression. As that week closes, we must renew our focus on building a strong, sustainable economy. In particular, consideration of the needs of the ‘real’ economy, the industries that create the (real) wealth and provide the (real) jobs, is necessary. With that…

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Wall Street Chaos: Where are the owners?

Adam Lent
Guest

15 Sep 2008, by in Pensions & Investment

The developing crisis on Wall Street will raise a long and intense debate about state regulation of the capital markets.  But the problem is not just the rules that govern trading, it is also the culture of major financial centres which in recent years has clearly become deeply irresponsible and even more herd like than in the…

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A new era for manufacturing?

Tim Page

12 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Environment

This was an important week for manufacturing industry. The Government launched its refreshed manufacturing strategy in a document which states: “Looking forward, a thriving manufacturing sector is central to the future success of the British economy.” We couldn’t agree more. But what will that sector look like?

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Challenging nightmares

Nicola Smith

11 Sep 2008, by in Society & Welfare

Theresa May has accused Harriet Harman of living in a dream world, and engaging in class warfare. Ms Harman’s crime is recognising that class inequalities have a significant impact on life chances. Apparently this rhetoric belongs 20 years in the past – presumably becuase social class no longer makes much of a difference to any…

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Not another article on house prices

Paul Sellers

11 Sep 2008, by in Society & Welfare

There is no doubt that the credit crunch has squeezed most of the life out of the mortgage market, but are house prices really falling as fast as the lenders say? The answer is ‘no’, and this is because a significant minority of houses are actually bought without credit and therefore do not show up…

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