BT Openreach’s failure to invest in broadband infrastructure closely mirrors BT’s failure to invest in new fibre optic trunks in the late 1980s. Ofcom needs to consider the draconian regulatory approach which its predecessor Oftel applied to that problem, making BT management furious and its shareholders rich
Local democracy, that’s what
The 2015 Competition and Markets Authority must look further afield in its Energy Market Investigation. Instead of just trying to improve competition between utilities it must facilitate non-traditional competition from consumer electronics industries (microgeneration and storage at point of use). That’s what made the UK telecoms market so successful in the 1990s
Was the Conservative promise to force private charities to sell their assets designed to drive away voters?
Striving for headline ‘growth’ and ‘job creation’ under austerity has caused the stagnation of UK productivity that the ONS describes as ‘unprecedented in the post-war period’ for any country.
Britain failed to see the consequences of its 1994 triple treaty, not having learned from the catastrophic failure of its earlier triple treaty of 1856 in the same region.
The surge in industrial use of solar energy doesn’t just protect the climate – it will also reduce inequality, international tension and political corruption.
Strong industry-specific regulation in the 1990s made the UK telecoms market a model for the world to follow. The initiative came from the grass roots
Monetary Policy Committee member Martin Weale has leaked the fact that GDP in 2012 was 4% larger than previously reported. This ‘discovery’ comes too late to make austerity unnecessary but in good time for the feelgood factor to affect the Scotland referendum.
Economic migration is not an inevitable consequence of freedom of movement, and does not support the fundamental rationale of the EU
Why don’t all businesses try to eliminate their ‘deficit’, if it’s so important to the national economy?
Line-of-business restrictions are needed to boost energy competition and to encourage process improvement in dominant suppliers
The Climate Works Foundation & World Bank report reveals that GDP growth does not depend on increasing consumption of raw materials
Short-term GDP figures are biased and encourage usage of resources rather than increases in financial prosperity
I was wrong, but both Russia and Crimea may regret their haste
National politicians plan a raid on City of Westminster’s tax base
Hugh Small’s book on the Crimean War, and his analysis of the current situation: the corks bobbing on the ocean (i.e. the politicians) believe that they are causing the waves to move
Westminster, 200 years ago the only ‘reformed borough’, could again be at the forefront of British political change
The Localism Act (2011) allows Local Authorities in England to collect and spend Land Value Tax by modifying Council Tax. Land Value Tax has wide cross-party support and England is almost alone among developed countries in not using it.
Local Authorities now have the power and responsibility to levy taxes that promote public health by improving the environment. Medical professionals believe this will save the NHS money by preventing illness.
The UK government and opposition have been flatlining for 3 years while the economy has been booming
The UK would benefit from LVT more than any other country. It will bring prosperity of all types: material, environmental, and welfare. It’s comparable to the Victorian slum clearance program in its effects on society
Environmentalist candidates may gain votes in the 35 local elections to take place on 2 May 2013 if they publicise the little-known Growth and Infrastructure Bill.
“Steel and Concrete Growth at All Costs” Bill will make it easier to build over footpaths and village greens
What happened to the tax department employee who knew how to verify fair transfer prices?
The recession was probably over in 2009, before the present government came to power
‘Zombie’ is used to describe a firm with low productivity, and there are an increasing number of them. But are all of them headed for the knacker’s yard, or is their proliferation a healthy sign of reduced barriers to entry?
UK economic growth has been underestimated, a team of economists from London University confirms. Remember, you heard it here first!
‘Labour productivity’ – units of calculated GDP per labour hour – is falling. Is the UK private sector broken? No, ‘False GDP’ is.
Adam Smith scorned the ‘invisible hand of the market’
Business leaders, unlike politicians, do not always prioritise top-line growth. Do they know something that politicians don’t know?