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Posted in : - Blog -, Agriculture and Food Policy, Britain's Economic Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

The devastation has only just begun It will become even more apparent when and if Brexit actually happens. The value of sterling has fallen sharply. This is already  increasing prices of foods imported from the EU. Effects on the welfare of poor people who spend nearly a quarter of their incomes on food will be severe. As..

Posted in : - Blog -, Britain's Economic Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

From about 1960 to 1979, most economists believed that the UK economy was in a dreadful state, and that something ought to be done about it. Between 1945 and 1948, the Labour Government elected in 1945  implemented some policies which were helpful to the whole of society, such as initiating a National Health Service and..

Posted in : - Blog -, Neoliberalism on by : petersen Comments: 0

I have been publishing evaluations of various aspects of modern capitalism and neoliberalism over the last thirty years, starting in 1981 with a critique of one of Milton Friedman’s central ideas: Milton Friedman had suggested that faster inflation and higher unemployment have been mutually reinforcing in advanced countries since 1973. But he admitted that the..

Posted in : - Blog -, Neoliberalism on by : petersen Comments: 0

1. Neoliberalism embraces beliefs that the only legitimate purpose of the state is to safeguard individual liberty , especially commercial liberty, as well as strong private property rights; and that the state should be drastically reduced in strength and size. These beliefs apply internationally: there should be free markets and free trade. 2. The political..

Posted in : - Blog -, Britain's Economic Policy on by : petersen Comments: 1

THE CASE OF BRITAIN Two hundred years ago, Britain owned and ran the largest empire the world had ever known, and was the “workshop of the world” –the richest country in the world, the world’s first major manufacturing nation making more manufactured goods than any other country. But Britain is now  the ninth largest manufacturing..

Posted in : - Blog -, UK Social Care Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

The “choice”  agenda is here to stay  for the foreseeable future. It  is firmly  established  amongst most sections of opinion – in the Conservative Government,  and in the main political parties, with the exception of some on the left of the Labour party.  In 2005, Tony Blair claimed that consumer choice is both good in..

Posted in : - Blog -, Healthcare on by : petersen Comments: 1

“ISTCs (Independent Sector Treatment Centres) matter not because they are a breach of the non-commercial principle but because they are one modest brick in the wall of commercialism which is currently transforming the National Health Service .” (Ruane, S., 2008, page 4) British Labour Governments after 1997 were committed to “the reintroduction of the profit..

Posted in : - Blog -, Academics and Policy, Vocational Training Policy on by : petersen Comments: 0

 Abstract  This paper outlines how a group of researchers came together to prepare policy  proposals designed to improve 16 to 19 work-based education and training. Many researchers have studied individual aspects of the vocational education and training system. But there is no established mechanism for drawing out  policy implications and bringing them to the attention..

Posted in : - Blog -, Global Warming? on by : petersen Comments: 0

More balanced and cost-effective policies should be devised to deal with existing environmental problems, in preference to attempting to solve fictitious problems identified by unreliable scenarios

Posted in : - Blog -, Britain's Economic Policy, Wages and Salaries on by : petersen Comments: 0

The new Lloyds Bank boss is to get an annual package of £13m, with a £4m ‘golden hello’, (The Guardian 31st  March  2011). In his interview with Charles Moore reported in the Daily Telegraph earlier the same month  (5th March ) , Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, pointed out  that  manufacturing..