Category Archives: Britain

Blogs about the United Kingdom

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 »

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EU forecasts are notoriously poor

I am travelling most of today to distant climes. And it is Wednesday, my alleged shorter blog day. Apart from some scintillating music suggestions today, I foreshadowed in Monday’s blog post, which analysed the British national accounts, that I would … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, Music, UK Economy | 1 Comment

Financial services agreements – the EU as a neoliberal, corporatist project

I have been reading the new book by Costas Lapavitsas – ‘The Left Case Against the EU’ – which has been recently published. It is solid and clearly explains why the EU is not an institution or structure than anyone … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 23 Comments

British growth strengthens in September quarter 2018

On Thursday (November 8, 2018), the British Office of National Statistics (ONS) released the – GDP first quarterly estimate, UK: July to September 2018 – data, the first release under their new publication model, which is designed to improve “the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, National Accounts, UK Economy | 9 Comments

Corbyn more scary than Brexit

It is Wednesday, so a truly short blog. We have to proof read the final copy edit of our Macroeconomics textbook by the end of the next fortnight. Tough ask. But apart from a music journey today, the richest people … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Music, UK Economy | 29 Comments

British fiscal statement – no end to austerity as the Left face plants

Last night in Britain (October 29, 2018), the British Chancellor released the – Budget 2018 – aka the 2018 fiscal statement (my terminology, to avoid triggering the flawed household budget analogy). The detailed analysis is being done by others and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, UK Economy | 16 Comments

The British Labour Fiscal Credibility rule – some further final comments

Over the last weekend, it seemed that we had a return of the Spanish Inquisition with a prominent British academic, who by his own words designed the fiscal rule that British Labour has unwisely adopted, repeatedly demanding that MMT Tweeters … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, UK Economy | 38 Comments

A summary of my meeting with John McDonnell in London

It is Wednesday and I am reverting to my plan to keep my blog posts short on this day to give me more time for other things. Today, I will briefly outline what happened last Thursday when I met with … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, Politics, UK Economy | 67 Comments

IMF continues to tread the ridiculous path

I am back in Australia now and I don’t have to stand on my head to write (a reference to the hassles of trying to maintain some order while travelling to different destinations on an almost daily basis). Last week, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Fiscal Statements, IMF, UK Economy | 15 Comments

When 232 thousand becomes 630 – quite, simply horrifying Brexit losses

I read a lot of articles in the British and other press about how the Brexit camp lied or mislead voters about the benefits of Brexit. Apparently there is an immorality in the leave camp that led it to deliberately … Read the rest of this entry »

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