Ann Pettifor

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2018 Economic forecast for the FT: will UK economy grow?

PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics) economists were asked by the FT “How fast do you think the UK economy will grow in 2018 and how will this compare to other countries?” (See here: https://www.ft.com/content/ceb165ee-ebb5-11e7-bd17-521324c81e23) We replied as follows: The end of 2017 witnessed, in our view, the top of the global asset bubble. Rupert Murdoch’s decision to …

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Fiscal Charter Hoopla* obscured big concessions to the City

* Hoopla: “speech or writing intended to mislead or to obscure an issue.” October has been an eventful month. In Britain, politics is back in fashion. After years of Blairite vacuity, the media have juicy political red meat to plunge their teeth into.  The new Labour leader’s announcement that he would not press the nuclear …

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Can Britain’s “recovery” be sustained?

All around there are signs of recovery. One can almost hear the sound of champagne bottles popping and fireworks crackling in the Westminster village. Indicators are improving. Commentators are reassessing the chancellor, whose reputation for economic management had plunged, causing his stock to fall amongst his Conservative colleagues. Now they can’t resist giving him a …

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