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Cancelling the NHS charge to migrant workers may be one U-turn, but it's also a clear sign of systemic incompetence

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

The Johnson government has suffered its first, and quite humiliating, U-turn. As has been widely reported, despite Johnson’s staunch defence on Wednesday of the charge
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The treatment of Transport for London is the surest sign that the government wants the economic damage from this crisis to last for as long as possible

Friday, May 15th, 2020

I suspect that if there had been a prize for guessing the first publicly owned institution to fail because of the coronavirus crisis few would
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Is there just a chink of light in the SNP opposition to fiscal independence for the country?

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

There is interesting commentary on BBC Scotland this morning for those who follow Scittosh monetary affairs. They note: Andrew Wilson, an economist and former SNP
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The media's turned on Johnson

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

A government can survive a loss of confidence in it. A Tory government can even survive a loss of confidence in it from its usually
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Johnson’s tests fail the test of credibility

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Johnson announced five tests for ending lockdown yesterday evening. They were: 1) Making sure the NHS has capacity; 2) A ‘sustained and consistent’ fall in
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Question of the day: What's best: sound, video or a book for new messages on how the economy really works?

Friday, May 8th, 2020

I will, I suspect, be taking some time off over the next couple of days. At least, I will be blogging less. It has been
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The Bank of England's quick bounce-back scenario plan is the work of an economic fantasist

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

The Bank of England has published three critical charts this morning that explain what it thinks might happen as we get over Covid 19. This
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Sunak's at it again: putting forward yet another business support scheme that will be too little, too late and difficult to access

Friday, April 24th, 2020

It was glaringly obvious from day one of the coronavirus crisis – which was well before Rishi Sunak’s March 11 budget – that small businesses
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Half way through furlough and this week the mass redundancies begin

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Amazingly, today we are half way through the government’s furlough scheme. This technically began on 1 March, and is as currently announced a three month
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