Month: April 2016

Robots and local elections: difficult to predict

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson is concerned. The rise of robots, he says, poses a danger which needs to be addressed. Low-skilled jobs will be threatened and [...]

The EU’s mad fight against Google

Last Wednesday, the EU charged Google with using its dominant Android operating system to hinder competition. The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe [...]

UK unemployment: the Living Wage in action

The National Living Wage of £7.20/ hour is now law. UK unemployment rose for the first time in 7 months. Is there a connection? Too early to tell, some might [...]

Fiscal dominance: how central banks will wipe out your savings

We already wrote about the threat of an outright war on cash, motivated by the central banks’ need to make a zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) effective by [...]

Abenomics’ predictable failure

When it was announced that in Q4 2015 Japan’s GDP was shrinking by a whopping 1.4% on an annualised basis it confirmed that the land of the rising sun is [...]

The real minimum wage is still zero

The UK labour market has a persistent malaise: low productivity and the resulting anaemic wage growth. This has been a feature of the British economy since the [...]

The great steel robbery

UK industry has been in decline for decades, and for the very good reason that production costs are simply too high to compete with Asia and other [...]