The Tory manifesto is a small, but significant shuffle to the left. In fiscal terms it is probably their most left wing manifesto since Ted Heath, maybe even longer. The headlines are all about spending on health, education and social care: These spending commitments are great, and position to Tories much closer to the centre… Read More Conservative Manifesto | a shuffle to the left
The old myth that foreigners are coming to take your jobs has a new rival – Americans are coming to steal the NHS. Both are equally silly. Why the immigration myth is nonsense One of the great myths spread by right wing politicians is that somewhere in the world there is a hoard of foreigners… Read More Americans aren’t coming to privatise the NHS | Immigrants aren’t coming to take your job | Stop being gullible
In all of the excitement about the Labour Manifesto we seem to have forgotten that the LibDems also put their proposals forward too. Which might be a metaphor for a campaign full of sensible proposals but strangely forgettable. The LibDems overall fiscal frameworks is slightly tighter than Labour, but using similar rules. The LibDems want… Read More The LibDems | Great policies, but can you be bothered?
The Labour Party manifesto came out today and helpfully they have produced a “Grey Book”, which sets out the financial framework for an incoming Labour Government. The financial framework is typical of Labour under Corbyn; lots of sensible, well thought out, pragmatic policies, mixed in with bat shit crazy stuff, and middle class fiscal fads.… Read More Labour Manifesto | All a bit Jim Callaghan
This month’s quiz has 2 rounds, testing how much you know about Government finances and General Knowledge. Feedback on questions and format appreciated.
Every year people complaining about Christmas starting earlier every year starts earlier. I get that people get a bit huffy when Christmas starts in mid-October. Personally I don’t mind it because if our stock is in store in October it means we will get paid for it before Christmas. For our biggest stockists if the… Read More I love it when Christmas starts early| The economics of Christmas shopping