Food waste – a disgrace when 8.4 million people are struggling

Posted on September 27th, 2016.

Recent press coverage of various initiatives directed at redistributing ‘waste’ food, mainly from the retail sector and using these to feed the hungry makes heart-warming reading. Suddenly, food waste has become a focus of media attention. Many stories have hit the headlines and social media in recent days. Stories with real human emotion. London’s Evening […]

The politicians are happy- what about the people?

Posted on September 24th, 2016.

Today sees Jeremy Corbyn’s re-selection as leader of the Labour party and the main opposition. A day in which the left-wing of the Labour party will rejoice at the continued opportunity to oppose the government with firmly left-wing socialist ideas. Why this should bring so much joy is more questionable, since such policies have rarely […]

Watch the tide turn – Inclusive growth post Brexit

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Brexit was a shock decision taken by the British people. It shocked the EU. It shocked UK business leaders who had wrongly assumed that their continued path to wealth just meant more of the same. It shocked the politicians, the vast majority of whom favoured the status quo. Endless analysis of the results, approaching forensic […]

Sorry about the cost, but at least we have made France and China happy

Posted on September 16th, 2016.

“One of the worst deals ever” is one of the more polite ways to describe the government’s approval of the £18 billion nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. The new nuclear power station will be Britain’s first since Sizewell B opened in 1995. It will also be the most expensive power generation plant ever built. Even nuclear […]

A European defence headquarters eh?

Posted on September 14th, 2016.

So Mr Juncker, the President of the European Commission, believes the EU needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force. Ah yes, this is because the lack of a ‘permanent structure’ results in money being wasted. Really? Let me put through an alternative theory. Some of the EU members are also members […]

Boundary changes won’t improve democracy

Posted on September 13th, 2016.

You would think that making boundary changes to make boundaries more equal in size would be relatively uncontentious. It sounds to be a good thing for democracy. It sounds like each vote becomes more equal. The reality is far removed from that illusion. All you need to do, it appears, is twist the rules, but […]

Getting over the productivity gap

Posted on September 11th, 2016.

It is unlikely the decision to exit the EU will bring a short-term boost to UK productivity, but this is essential in the long-term. It is unavoidable that businesses will delay investment decisions in the immediate uncertain economic conditions. It is equally likely that inward investment decisions will be delayed with the short-term uncertainty of […]

Trade deals – which way to turn?

Posted on September 9th, 2016.

So what is the Government going to do about Article 50? Correctly they are keeping their cards close to their chest. Negotiations with the EU will be difficult enough, without the Government giving away its hand. All this and a two-year time-frame. They cannot reveal too much, that is simply not in the negotiators’ interests, […]

Don’t do as I do, do as I say

Posted on September 8th, 2016.

So 69% of the 903,000 people whose main job is on zero hours contracts are supposed to be happy with this arrangement according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). There was a further explanation the 903,000 people represented “fewer than 3% of the workforce”. Wait a minute, this is a lot […]

You don’t play poker with people’s lives

Posted on September 6th, 2016.

Control of immigration was one of the key drivers of the decision to exit the EU. Let us be clear on this, the issue is control and not immigration. Both the remain and exit campaigns were guilty of often missing out the word control in a deplorable effort to gain support. Of course what they […]

So to be clear, the politicians were pretty much irrelevant

Posted on September 5th, 2016.

One of the more amusing results of the Electoral Reform Society’s analysis of the EU Referendum is that it really did not matter what the big name politicians promoted, remain or exit, they simply further encouraged an exit decision. With a result so tight you could almost infer that abstinence would have made the heart […]

Corporation tax: expensive, unfair and outdated

Posted on September 3rd, 2016.

When the Austrian Chancellor, Christian Kern, complained that “every Viennese cafe, every sausage stand pays more tax in Austria than a multinational corporation”, he simply explained the case for most European countries. A key feature of a useful tax is that it is easy to collect and hard to avoid. Corporation tax fails in both, […]

It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it

Posted on September 1st, 2016.

Since the financial crisis, one word has dominated media (and opposition politicians’) coverage of Government policy: Austerity. It has been used so much the original definition of “sternness or severity of manner or attitude” has been reinvented. Austerity now means “difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public spending”. It could also be […]

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