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Who Likes the Daily Mail?

  • December 03, 2013
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Readers of this blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of the Daily Mail.   And if I keep returning to it, that’s because the cursed thing is impossible to ignore.   It squats there in the centre of British public life with its 4.3 million readers like a giant toad,   a...

A Message from the Chancellor

  • April 22, 2013
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Hello everyone.   My name is George Osborne and I’m the Chancellor of the Exchequer.   It’s really a pleasure for me to show you round the new Britain that we have been building these last three years, in the hope that you will ignore the doomsayers and the naysayers, the negative credit...

Bankers: a Handful of Gimme and a Mouthful of Much Obliged

  • April 02, 2013
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The original Cyprus bailout package caused shockwaves that reached far beyond the island itself, with its proposed levy on all individual savings.   Some economists warned that this measure undermined the principle of trust that makes people want to put their money in banks in the first place.    Other commentators expressed shock that the...

The Cyprus bailout: as low as it gets?

  • March 17, 2013
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The Cyprus ‘bailout’  announcement marks a new threshold in the ongoing disgrace that we have come to label austerity.  For the first time, the European Union, the IMF and a national government have announced that a levy will be exacted on individual savings without any process of consultation, in order to prevent the Cypriot...

Europe against austerity

  • November 14, 2012
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Solidarity is often invoked by European politicians as one of the essential principles of European unity.    In practice it tends to refer to  solidarity with banks and financial institutions, or between governments intent on slashing living standards  in the name of austerity rather than the victims of the new economic...

Spain Loads Up With Rubber Bullets

  • July 12, 2012
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The epic struggle waged by the miners of Asturias to defend their jobs and communities has clearly struck a chord amongst many Spaniards, as the magnificent reception given by Madrileños  to the 400 km marchers clearly demonstrates.

The miners have also generated considerable support outside Spain.   Yesterday’s Channel 4 News had a special report from...

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