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Britain should reject the Brexit ‘agreement’ but proceed with the exit

It is Wednesday, and only a short blog post beckons today. I have restrained myself from commenting on Theresa May’s unbelievable Brexit deal, which has the dirty paws of the European Commission all over it. Regular readers will know that … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Capital controls, Demise of the Left, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, Politics, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 24 Comments

The ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie lives on – now playing in Italy – Part 2

This is the second and final part in my discussion about the latest attempts by the IMF and notable New Keynesian macroeconomists to keep the ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie alive. The crisis in Italy is once again giving these characters … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements | 9 Comments

The ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie lives on – now playing in Italy – Part 1

Pathetic was the first word that came to mind when I read this article – The Italian Budget: A Case of Contractionary Fiscal Expansion? – written by Olivier Blanchard and Jeromin Zettlemeyer, from the Peter Peterson Institute for International Economics. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, IMF | 15 Comments

The Weekend Quiz – November 24-25, 2018 – answers and discussion

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Saturday quiz | 5 Comments

The Weekend Quiz – November 24-25, 2018

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Saturday quiz | 4 Comments

Japan still to slip in the sea under its central bank debt burden

President Trump banned a CNN reporter only to find his position overturned by the judicial system. Well CNN is guilty of at least one thing – publishing misleading and alarmist economic reports about Japan. In a CNN Business article last … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Japan, Politics | 43 Comments

Eurozone fiscal rules bias nations to stagnation – exit is the remedy

It is Wednesday and I am doing the final corrections to our Macroeconomics textbook manuscript before it goes off to the ‘printers’ for publication in March 2019. It has been a long haul and I can say that writing a … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements | 26 Comments

The flexibility experiment in Portugal has largely failed

Portugal has been held out by the Europhile Left as a demonstration of how progressive policies can manifest in the European Union, even with the Fiscal Compact and the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). In 2015, after the new Socialist … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 3 Comments

EU Services Notification Directive will undermine democracy within cities

In a blog post last week – Financial services agreements – the EU as a neoliberal, corporatist project (November 13, 2018) – I wrote about the way the EU compromised the capacity of elected Member State governments to advance the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, Politics, Reclaiming community, UK Economy | 11 Comments

The Weekend Quiz – November 17-18, 2018 – answers and discussion

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Saturday quiz | 14 Comments