The Great Debate UK

The politicians we deserve?

June 29, 2009

Laurence Copeland- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Ireland’s euro pain

April 9, 2009

REUTERS– Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

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Will Obama raise fuel taxes?

December 8, 2008

John Kemp Great DebateJohn Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own.

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's decision on Friday to link domestic fuel prices to the international price of crude oil, but increase consumption taxes on gasoline and diesel sharply to spur more efficient use of energy in the medium term, raises the question whether the incoming Obama administration might be tempted to do the same.

Pre-budget report: Who wins and who will pay for it?

November 24, 2008

Mark Schofield is a  tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The views expressed are his own.

Doubts over whether pre-budget measures will prevent recession

November 24, 2008

Roger Bootle is economic adviser to Deloitte. The views expressed are his own.

The Chancellor was right to try to give some help to the economy but, while the scale of the increase in future borrowing is huge, the economic effect of the reduction in VAT will be tiny.

from UK News:

A lifeline or a time bomb?

November 24, 2008

Chancellor Alistair Darling has delivered a 20 billion pound fiscal stimulus package to get the nation spending again and mitigate the worst effects of the downturn.

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A profound shift in party politics

November 19, 2008

David Cameron's decision to ditch a major Conservative pledge to match Labour spending plans pound for pound was hailed by commentators as an important step in the politics of the recession, opening up a clear gulf between the two main parties' economic policies but exposing the Tories to considerable risk.

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Boosting the economy: lower taxes, higher spending or both?

November 12, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has suggested he will push expansionary fiscal policies to help boost the economy. Brown's comments were the latest in a series from him and Chancellor Alistair Darling stressing the importance of boosting the economy, which shrank in the third quarter of 2008 for the first time in 16 years and is expected to contract more sharply next year.