Category Archives: Current Affairs

Cut the Cuts, George

I know, I’ve covered the cuts before. But a couple of things I read over the weekend really hammered home to me the sheer economic wrong-headedness of the scale and speed of the cuts that are going to happen come … Continue reading

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The Market, the State and the Credit Crunch

The government’s on-going public spending cull has got me thinking about the role of the state in a free market economy. My distaste for the free market is by now well documented. However, it is still very much the best … Continue reading

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Why the WikiLeaks War Diaries Matter

The recent emergence of the WikiLeaks war diaries has served to re-spark anger about the war formerly known as terror amongst those who oppose it. Although the detail of these diaries as published in The Guardian and other places is … Continue reading

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The Climate Non-Debate

In the face of the economic crisis climate change has been getting little attention from the media of late. To say that this is a mistake is both obvious and an understatement. Interest and belief in global warming was waning … Continue reading

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What Thatcher Couldn’t Do

This week has been a week full of policy announcements from the Tory government. The dismantling of the FSA in return for cash from big food companies was the first blow, although as Deborah Orr eloquently put it: the FSA … Continue reading

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The Chancellor Can’t Add Up

I was never going to like the recent emergency/austerity budget from the Con-Lib coalition. Instinctively anti-Tory at heart, I didn’t trust all the talk about ‘progressive budgets’ coming from the Conservative end. What made it more suspicious was how George … Continue reading

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Debt to the World

There’s something incredibly counter-intuitive about the pain that debt-reduction cuts are bound to cause. In common with any problem rooted in economics, I can’t help feeling that we should be able to just reset the counter. After all, money is … Continue reading

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