Monthly Archives: July 2011

Public sector borrowing totalled £14.0 billion in June 2011

This is the headline on the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) website, which you will note doesn’t have quite the same spin as the Government’s. PSNB of £14.0 billion is £0.3 billion higher – that’s right, more borrowing than in … Continue reading

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Europe begins to locate it’s brain, while the US continues to stumble blindly.

The deal with Greece gives me cause for hope.  Don’t get me wrong, this is still a sticking plaster that will need much more thought before a more sustainable worldwide economic model emerges.  Importantly, what has happened, is that there … Continue reading

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Rising Homelessness in Cornwall

This link takes you to communities and local government information on homelessness.  The latest data released is for Jan to March 2011. If you have a look at the Supplementary Tables excel file (the information for Cornwall is on row … Continue reading

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Steve Gilbert, Westminster view zzzzzzzz

This week Steve’s Westminster view in the Cornish Guardian trots out the now official condemnation of the News of the World pratices and support for a judge led public enquiry.  Can’t help thinking that this ‘personal view’ probably mirrors all … Continue reading

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Trying to pull some of the threads together

In the style of 8 of 10 cats – what’s being talked about most this week?  Right up there, has to be all the Rupert Murdoch/News of the World/Rebekah Brooks scandal involving hacking, police payments etc.  This spreads into links … Continue reading

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Economic history – this is going somewhere honest (at least in my head)

To give him his due, von Hayek was in favour of rules to ensure fair competition.  Strict rules for accounting are a vital part or this, but since the 1970s, deregulation has become fashionable and those regulations which impose a … Continue reading

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A bit more economic history

Keynes – bring on the nice guys After the crash of 1929, it was no longer possible to pretend that demand could never be deficient and the trauma caused by the crash enabled some different economic thinking to come to … Continue reading

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