Tag Archives: Economy

Opinion polls – ignore them until 2013 if you can

I don’t like talking about opinion polls just after a general election. Unfortunately, the media stuffs them into one’s face. This has been particularly so during the recent Oldham and Saddleworth by-election, which Labour won. I treated that result with … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland can save Companies from leaving the UK with low Corporation Tax

All over Britain, there are stories of Companies becoming impatient with the UK tax regime and looking to relocate elsewhere. The Treasury is well aware of this and overtures of better times ahead have been made to the business community. … Continue reading

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Government likely to face very difficult dilemmas over Europe very soon

Last Sunday, European finance ministers met.  In reporting that meeting, the UK and Irish media focused on the terms of Ireland’s bailout. However, something far more important and fundamental to the future of Europe was also discussed at that meeting. … Continue reading

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Cutting public spending early now vindicated by OBR report

Yesterday, in the House of Commons, George Osborne provided an upbeat statement of Britain’s economic prospects following the publication of the latest Office for Budget Responsibility  (“OBR”) report.   The main findings of the report are (1) GDP growth for this … Continue reading

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No satisfactory rationale emerges from the Government on £7 billion loan to Ireland

So Britain is making a loan to Ireland of €7 billion, just like that. We are told that it is in the National interest for Britain to do this. George Osborne has said that Ireland is a “friend in need.” … Continue reading

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Ireland “A society that disappeared up its own backside”

Whilst we witness the awful events unfold relating to Ireland’s economic difficulties, it is vitally important, for democracy in the future, that the mass of the voting population acquires a basic understanding of the mechanics of this disaster. Following on … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher was absolutely right

 It is 20 years since Margaret Thatcher was removed from power in a leadership challenge instigated by Michael Heseltine and others.  It was a time when the Conservatives lost their nerve, having seen opinion poll ratings fall.  The issue … Continue reading

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