Dear Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

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A letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from Prue Plumridge I feel I must write to you in response to your speech at the Conservative Conference in which you referred to the medium-term challenge of dealing with the public … Continue reading

It’s all a game of Monopoly really

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It’s all a game of Monopoly really by Prue Plumridge When Labour left office in 2010, Liam Byrne left a very unfortunate message saying there was no money left. The Tories have dined out on this lie ever since. We … Continue reading

Deficit Fetish: Just say “No!”

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Balancing Budgets: The Austerity Dogma By John Weeks, previously published here on Piera Twitter: @johnweeks41 The Austerity dogma of George Osborne asserts that a negative balance between public revenue and overall public spending (deficit) is a problem requiring immediate policy … Continue reading

Labour MP in urgent need of lesson in economics

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A response to Chris Evans MP by Prue Plumridge Just before the vote on the Fiscal Charter Chris Evans MP (who abstained) said: “Labour should be proud that when we were last in government we ran a budget surplus for … Continue reading

Neoliberal TINA Economics is Flat Earth thinking

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By Prue Plumridge Belief in a flat Earth is found in the oldest writings and early Mesopotamian maps showed the world as a flat disk floating in the ocean.  Thankfully things have moved on since that time and we now accept … Continue reading

Britain has a Debt Problem, All the More Reason to fight austerity

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Britain has a Debt Problem, All the More Reason to fight Austerity By Adam Blanden Twitter: @Adam_Blanden previously  published here The British state has a debt problem and this makes rejecting austerity all the more important. The conjunction between the … Continue reading

Who says we can’t afford the NHS or Social Security?

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By Prue Plumridge Yesterday in Parliament, we witnessed a shameful spectacle when only 48 Labour MPs voted against the Welfare Bill.  The extreme centre, as Tariq Ali referred to it in his book ‘The Extreme Centre: A Warning’, once again failed to … Continue reading