Speech to the Gladstone Club

This is a transcript of my speech to the Gladstone Club on Monday, 9 December, 2019 Good evening. In three days, we go to the polls in probably the most important election of our lifetimes. And here we all are, talking about economic policymaking. Do you ever feel your life is not going according to […]

UK General Election 2019

The 99% Organisation is not affiliated with any political party. But it clearly stands against mass impoverishment and against the market fundamentalist philosophy. As many people – including John Major, Lord Heseltine, Ken Clarke, Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Anna Soubry and others – have noted, the party that still calls itself the Conservative and Unionist […]

London: City of Extremes

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. Samuel Johnson For centuries, London has been one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world. In 2014, it was the most desirable place in the world to work because, “the UK capital’s career opportunities, cultural attractions and cosmopolitan mix beat […]

The Denialist’s Playbook

Justice delayed is justice denied. William E. Gladstone Economists are rethinking the numbers on inequality claimed a headline in this week’s Economist. At first glance, the article seemed to be claiming that none of what we have been told by pioneering researchers into inequality is true. It seemed to be saying that 1) incomes of […]

What Lies Behind the Tory Manifesto?

  Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. W […]

Mark E Thomas at the Gladstone Club

Mark will be talking about his book, 99%, to the Gladstone Club from 7:00pm on Monday 9 December. The Club meets at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, Embankment, London. You are all welcome Book your place here.

Best Books of 2019

Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator for the Financial Times, has written-up his must-read books of late 2019. This is what he had to say about 99%. For those of you with a subscription to the FT. the full article with all the other books, is here and his podcast is here. And more about the book […]

Doughnuts for Peace

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy In the introduction to the book 99%, I briefly explained how analysing the causes of the Arab Spring led me to study mass impoverishment in the US and the UK and ultimately to write the book. But I didn’t give much […]

What if they Keep their Promises?

This post was written before the Tory manifesto was published. As that manifesto differed so radically from what was expected, I have decided to leave this one for comparison purposes and a new post describes the actual manifesto.   Usually people worry that politicians will break their promises: we decided to take a look, based […]

Time to Celebrate?

The latest figures on earnings have been seized on by the government as evidence that the economy is working well again. On the same day, we saw figures showing ever-growing demand for food banks and that rates of pneumonia – a disease typically associated with deprivation – are up 50% in 10 years. Where does […]