Why Are They Even Thinking of a No-Deal Brexit?

Many people have analysed the impact of Brexit. This graph shows the government’s own analysis: any form of Brexit does economic damage, and harder the Brexit, the more damage it does. A no-deal Brexit is of the same order of magnitude as the Global Financial Crisis. Let’s just consider one sector. In the UK, the […]

Beyond Money Event

If you are free in London on 29 October, Mark E Thomas will be the keynote speaker at the Breakfast Briefing on Beyond Money. He will speak on Why Our System Needs to Change. There is no charge for this event. If you would  like to attend, either email Camilla Hunt on camilla.hunt@venturethree.com or sign-up […]

Hunger, Homelessness and Death

The UK’s Office for National Statistics recently announced another record rise in deaths from homelessness. The ONS estimates that 726 homeless people died last year – that’s roughly two people per day. In what is still one of the richest countries in the world. To help contain this rising death toll, the Trussell Trust – […]

How Tax Rates have Driven Mass Impoverishment

A very impressive animation in the New York Times shows how US tax rates have changed since the 1950s. What used to be a very progressive system has become one in which the very richest pay the lowest rate of tax. It’s not the top 1% who do best, or even the top 0.1%, it […]

Protect Your Future

This is a transcript of my Presentation on 25th September 2019 at the Hereford Big Green Conversation. Thank you, Diana. And thank you all for highlighting these important issues. Before I get into tackling those issues, I thought I would remind you of the legend of Hercules and the Hydra. As you know, Hercules was […]

How Does Austerity Stack-up?

The British Medical Journal estimates that Austerity has so far cost 120,000 lives. How does this compare with other famous killers in the UK?  

Crisis? What Crisis?

The Government claims that there is no crisis in the NHS: it is spending more money on the NHS than ever before. And in cash terms this is true. True, but meaningless. Simply looking at the cash figures takes no account of: The way in which inflation diminishes the value of £1 over time; The […]

What would it Take to have Decent Housing?

An estimated 8.4 million people in England are living in an unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable home, according to a recent report by the National Housing Federation (NHF). That is one person in every seven. The crisis impacts all ages across every part of the country. The NHF research estimated that:  3.6 million people are living […]

Who Still Believes in Austerity?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has declared that the era of austerity is over. And voters no longer believe in it. But what about the experts? Most economists never did believe it was wise, and they have not changed their minds – see here and here and here and here. The New Economics Foundation’s analysis […]