Category Archives: Economics

This I Know

It wasn’t ordinary working people Who caused the 80s banking crisis It wasn’t them that caused financial meltdown No! It was greedy bankers Who caused Northern Rock to fall The rich. Many politicians were the root cause Those with mansions … Continue reading

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University of California: Berkeley 2017

There are 1098 students enrolled on CS61A at Berkeley who are happily sharing a learning experience in the Wheeler Hall, which is Berkeley’s largest lecture hall. In state students pay $34,972 and out-of-state students pay $61,654. Is this a demonstration but … Continue reading

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British Social Care and Home Ownership

The British family home has iconic status. Home ownership is longed-for and anyone not owning a house is silently thought of as, in some way, second class. Parents often give large amounts of cash to their adult children for deposits, … Continue reading

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The tragic death of Martin Walker: a Hackney Dustman

I first met Martin in 1977 when I was foreman plumber at the Defoe Road depot in Stoke Newington, Hackney. He was a plumbers mate on my team. He wasn’t a skilled man but he was essential to us plumbers … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Wealth

“The great weakness of the West is that it has nothing with which to inspire loyalty except wealth. But what is wealth? Another washing machine, a bigger car, a nicer house to live in? Not much to feed the spirit … Continue reading

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George Osborne, VAT and Conservative Extremism

On 4th January next year (2011), the main rate of VAT will rise from 17.5 to 20 per cent…. This single tax measure will by the end of this Parliament generate over £13 billion a year of extra revenues. That … Continue reading

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‘100,00 Roofs’: Germany’s Green Energy Policy

“Germany’s….’100,000 roofs’ programme to encourage residential and industrial investment in the technology… kicked the solar PV industry into high gear, and Germany grew its solar PV capacity from just 62 MWs in 2000 to over 24,000 MWs by 2011. This … Continue reading

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