Category Archives: UK Economy

Discussions specifically about the UK economy.

Our affect is driving us back to a need for continuous fiscal deficits

The field of psychology is usually ignored by mainstream economists, which, in its typically arrogant and closed practice, adopts a series of a priori assumptions about human behaviour – the so-called Homo economicus – where were are always rational and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Economics, Fiscal Statements, UK Economy, US economy | 11 Comments

I, Daniel Blake – essential viewing

So Italy has now gone the way of the UK and the US in its referendum vote – rejecting the establishment but not sure on what to do instead. It seems that the US voters have been duped by a … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, UK Economy, Unemployment Benefits | 30 Comments

When Britain went fiat and the skies remained above

A former student sent me an E-mail recently and updated me on his progress and his current research project – the history of British banking in the 19th century. He also wanted to draw my “attention to a little known … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Central banking, UK Economy | 12 Comments

The British reality defying the ideologically-based gloom and doom

I last wrote about the aftermath of the June 2016 Brexit vote in this blog – Mayday! Mayday! The skies were meant to fall in … what happened?. Admittedly, it was written just a month after the vote and so … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, UK Economy | 10 Comments

Using welfare systems to hide the problem of deindustrialisation

There have been lots of E-mail requests overnight for commentary on the US election result. I think that space is pretty crowded at present – with Clinton supporters trying to reconstruct events to defray their responsibility (a denial strategy), in … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone, UK Economy, US economy | 19 Comments

The penny drops – WSJ acknowledges UK government can never run out of money

When a News Corp newspaper starts writing articles that reflect the insights provided by Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) you know that progress in the dissemination of those ideas is being made. Even if they don’t get things exactly right. The … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, UK Economy | 27 Comments

Mayday! Mayday! The skies were meant to fall in … what happened?

The British Office for National Statistics, which although recently revamped continues to have the most user-unfriendly home page and dissemination service of all the national statistical agencies, published the latest – Retail Sales in Great Britain: July 2016 – data … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, UK Economy | 16 Comments

Australia – stagnant wages growth continues

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the latest – Wage Price Index, Australia – for the June-quarter 2016 today. Annual private sector wages growth remained steady at 2.0 per cent (0.5 per cent for the quarter), which is the third … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Labour costs, UK Economy, US economy | 6 Comments

The case for re-nationalisation – Part 2

There was an interesting article written in the London Review of Books (September 13, 2012) by regular contributor James Meek in – How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity (you need to subscribe to read it). It discussed how … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, UK Economy | 24 Comments

Brexit signals that a new policy paradigm is required including re-nationalisation

With the new British Prime Minister now indicating that she will push ahead with Brexit and free the nation from the undemocratic imposts of the increasingly dysfunctional European Union, a view that is apparently ‘poisonous’ to some so-called progressive writers, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Economics, Eurozone, UK Economy | 38 Comments