Ann Pettifor

Bank Bail-outs

Interview with Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times

I was interviewed by Martin Sandbu of the Financial Times about the nature of money, in particular the importance of borrowers to the creation of money. A video was filmed at Bank Job, a wonderful charity dedicated to a) promoting understanding of money, b) cancelling the debts of the people of Walthamstow and c) using …

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Is It Unreasonable to Blame Bankers/Rentiers for the Rise in Populism?

At the April Rethinking Economicsconference in Oslo  I pointed out that western politicians and economists are repeating policy errors of the 1930s. The pattern of a global financial crash, followed by austerity in Europe and the UK, led in those years to the rise of populism, authoritarianism and ultimately fascism. The scale of economic and political …

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Money for Nothing…

The production of money is ultimately the struggle for control over resources, wealth, people and our environment. But there is a surprising level of ignorance around how banks create money out of thin air and the benefits which flow from it. So on this programme we shine a much-needed light on who should get the …

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Standard & Poor is right, ‘austerity’ has no economic clothes

This is a piece I wrote for the Guardian in response to the S&P threatened downgrade of the Eurozone’s ‘core’ economies. The Guardian wanted a maximum of 600 words, delivered in a short time, so this was written hurriedly, and in the back of taxis ferrying me to TV stations.  For this reason I have …

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It’s not the public, but the private finance sector, stupid.

The Autumn Statement reveals but one thing: the Chancellor and his advisers are both ill-advised and dangerously ill-prepared for the forthcoming prolonged Depression. (And if you think I exaggerate, let me remind you that 20 years after the Japanese debt bubble burst, Tokyo house prices are still falling, and the stock market is worth 60% less …

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Osborne: Speaking truth to wealth and power? Really?

George Osborne was presumably aiming at himself and his friends, when he vowed “to speak truth to power and wealth” at the Tory party conference this week, but dare he speak economic truth to the rest of us? – simultaneously published on Left Foot Forward > On the narrowest of bases, he might still claim …

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My verdict on Ed Balls’ conference speech – apologies are not enough

Published in the Guardian Cif alongside responses from Jonathon Freedland and Sheila Lawlor: Ed Balls said sorry for Labour’s record on ultra-light-touch financial regulation, and that must be acknowledged. But apologies are just not enough. He and Ed Miliband must stop attacking his electoral base, “hardworking families”, many of whom are trades unionists. As Balls …

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ABC daily report – ‘Let them default’

While I was in Australia I recorded this interview with ABC’s daily show. This went out on 15th September. Watch it above or on ABC’s website here >

My tour of Australia – with the SEARCH Foundation

Read about my speaking tour of Australia below – from the SEARCH Foundation: The SEARCH Foundation is currently touring eminent British economist and author Ann Pettifor around Australia and she is visiting our shores with a warning; the GFC inducing credit crunch is not over and Australia’s banking sector is vulnerable. Ms Pettifor is visiting …

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Political leaders – Stand up to the bankers, you have only your chains to lose

Markets react rationally to austerity The piece below was posted on the “Left Foot Forward” website on Monday, 8th August, 2011 “It is important that we understand the events of last week not as a new outbreak of crisis, but as a continuation of the banking crisis that first came to the public’s attention in …

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