from Breakingviews:

Were Luddites the victims of 2011-style finances?

March 11, 2011

The British weavers known as Luddites, who destroyed looms precisely 200 years ago, thought rising unemployment within their ranks was due to machinery. But there's a case to be made that inflation, money supply expansion, budget deficits and trade barriers were equally to blame. Maybe we haven't learned much in two centuries.

from The Great Debate UK:

EU stress tests: for banks or governments?

July 19, 2010

- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Olympic debt and land deal gives momentum to legacy

July 8, 2010

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The government has signed off a multi-million pound debt and land deal with the Mayor of London, which could have endangered parts of the 2012 Olympic legacy and threatened to turn it into an unseemly Conservative spat.

from MacroScope:

Some good econ reads from the Blogosphere

July 6, 2010

From the econ blogosphere:

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-- The libertarian Adam Smith Institute says here that the UK government should look at every government job, programme and department, and ask whether they are really needed. "Do we really need new school buildings....? Should taxpayers really stump up for free bus passes, or winter fuel and Chistmas bonuses for wealthy pensioners?"

from The Great Debate UK:

Roger Bootle analyses the potential impact of the budget

June 22, 2010

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London-based Roger Bootle, director of Capital Economics and an advisor to business accountancy firm Deloitte, shares his thoughts on what Chancellor George Osborne's budget may hold and its long-term effects on the economy.

from The Great Debate UK:

Entrepreneurs needed if the UK is going to make up the deficit

June 22, 2010

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-Joe White is managing director of Moonfruit.com. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as UK Chancellor George Osborne makes an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.-

This may hurt a little

June 8, 2010

Britons are being prepared for the hardest of hard times. Prime Minister David Cameron has warned the public that they will feel the impact of deficit-cutting decisions for years and maybe even decades. Cameron justifies the pain by saying that doing nothing about debt would be disastrous and that Britain will come out of the other side as a stronger country.

from The Great Debate UK:

Fears of UK hung parliament may be overstated

By Hugo Dixon
April 19, 2010

-- The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

from MacroScope:

Britain heading for rude awakening?

January 20, 2010

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There is a divisive election ahead for Britain, the threat of a ratings downgrade on its sovereign debt and a deficit that has ballooned into the largest by percentage of any major economy.  UK stocks, bonds and sterling, however, are trundling along as if all were well. What gives?

from The Great Debate UK:

Brooks Newmark drops a debt bombshell

October 19, 2009

Brooks NewmarkBritain's national debt is far higher than Prime Minister Gordon Brown is willing to acknowledge, Conservative MP Brooks Newmark argues in a new paper published by the Centre for Policy Studies.