Posts Tagged “jonathan jones”

4 graphs on Thatcher’s legacy: a richer but more unequal nation.

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2013

A generation on, the Thatcher legacy continues to provoke and divide. One of the questions it poses for liberals is one this government is still wrestling with: does inequality matter if everyone’s getting richer? Margaret Thatcher’s answer was that it did not — as she famously illustrated in one of her last Commons performances in […]

Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on December 8, 2012

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Britain and Europe: Making the break – The Economist‘s verdict on many Europhobes’ éjaculation nocturne: ‘The most likely outcome would be that Britain would find itself as a scratchy outsider with somewhat limited access to the single market, almost no influence […]

“We’re not in recession”. Last July’s headline comes true (belatedly).

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2012

Four months ago, just after the last set of quarterly figures published by the ONS showed a sharp contraction in the UK economy, I highlighted economist Hamish McRae’s very public assertion that the UK was in actual fact no longer in recession. Pointing to the second-highest rate of job creation ever in the private sector, […]

The politics of sluggish growth: good for the Tories, bad for Labour, and as for the Lib Dems we’ll see

by Stephen Tall on October 9, 2012

Today saw the publication by the IMF of its latest growth forecasts. UK growth prospects are downgraded once again. Growth in 2012 is now forecast to be -0.4% (the most recent quarter’s strong showing is anomalous) and an anaemic 1.1% in 2013. As The Spectator’s Jonathan Jones observes, the only thing new here is that […]

What The Spectator says: ‘Obama the Lib Dem’. (PS: It may even be a compliment.)

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2012

Over at The Spectator, Jonathan Jones looks at the US and UK approaches to their forthcoming budgets — cutting the deficit, taming debt, etc — and his fourth and final point concludes: Obama the Lib Dem. It’s striking how similar Obama’s tax priorities are to those of the Liberal Democrats, even though the specifics differ […]



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