Shall we be Happy and Prosperous?

If you were running a country for the benefit of its citizens, you would want to see them growing happier and more prosperous year by year. If you were looking for models to follow, you would look at other countries around the world to see which, if any, performed better than your own on these […]

How to Fix Capitalism

Even The Economist, that bastion of free markets acknowledges that today’s capitalism has problems. But opinions differ widely on the nature of the solution to those problems: some think that capitalism is such a negative force that it should be replaced completely; The Economist thinks that we just need more competition; and many CEOs think that […]

Why so Desperate for a Halloween exit?

Why are the current cabinet so desperate to leave the EU on 31st October – even to the point of plunging the UK into the chaos of a no-deal Brexit and being in contempt of Parliament? And if they are, why not back May’s deal? Is it because, as true democrats, they wish to enact […]

Why Jacob Rees-Mogg is Still Smiling

At first glance, it seems that it might not have been a very good week for JRM. Especially after reclinergate. Certainly, the media are generally assuming that last week went badly for the Tory party – losing the vote in both houses, dropping 21 MPs, the brother of the PM and a cabinet minister doesn’t […]

Fox News

In a remarkable article in Thursday’s Evening Standard, Liam Fox made a persuasive case for the facts to be brought into political discourse – but not in the way he intended. The article was headed, “the Tories must be brave enough to tell hard truths to voters.” And Fox proved his point with an extraordinary […]

Understanding the Coup

This is a transcript of the 99% Launch presentation at the IPPR on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 Understanding the Coup A week ago, I thought I had my presentation ready. I thought my job was to show you some facts about mass impoverishment, to explain what will happen if current trends continue and to persuade […]

How To Make a Killing from Brexit

This note is satire, not investment advice. If you are not already following the strategies it sets out, you are unlikely to make money by doing so now. But you ought to know what others are doing. The Prime Minister said last month that a no-deal Brexit was a “massive economic opportunity.” All serious analysts […]

Should we Blame the Boomers?

The story is very familiar: millennials are struggling, and it is the fault of the Baby Boomers. As Yvonne Roberts put it in The Guardian, “The post-war generation, now retiring in luxury, stands accused of a wilful failure to safeguard young people’s interests…’baby boomer’ is a toxic phrase, shorthand for greed and selfishness, for denying […]

Can We Tackle Climate Change And End Mass Impoverishment?

Many people have the sense that our current system just isn’t working. The urgency of tackling climate change is becoming ever more obvious. Most people are poorer now than they were in 2007, and with the real possibility of a no-deal Brexit, they fear that they may become poorer still. And vital national institutions like […]

A No-Deal Brexit is a Vulture Policy Without a Mandate

Brexit is complicated. There are only three options – no Brexit (Remain), Brexit with a deal and no-deal Brexit – but each option is flawed. Remain has economic attractions, but there is no mandate for it; Brexit with a deal limits the downside and does have a mandate but has little political support. Only one […]