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Cuba and the USA

US GDP per capita $56000 per head Cuba GDP per head $6000   Why do some people think dictator Castro did a good job?

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The rest of the EU is in a big muddle about Brexit

The EU officials who speak out and a few of the other member states politicians join them in expressing  great dislike of the UK and say they wish to punish us. They also seem to want us to stay in the EU. I guess that is because they see that being made to stay in […]

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Silly forecasts

The IFS claimed this will be the worst decade for real incomes. They did not stress what their figures showed, that there was a big hit to real incomes and living standards thanks to the banking collapse and the Great recession, which extended into the first couple of years of this decade, to be followed […]

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What are the negotiating aims of the EU 27?

So many commentators and broadcasters, and most Opposition politicians,  keep on and on about what are the UK’s negotiating aims. Often they misrepresent the UK’s position, both seeking to weaken it by false report and by pretending our aims are unclear or unstated. If they wanted to be helpful and do something useful they should […]

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Grammar schools

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): There is a happy consensus well hidden in this debate. All parties in the House believe that education is of huge importance, and we all want the best possible education for every child in our country. We also accept that the state has the main obligation, because most children will need […]

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Government plans to spend £46 bn more this Parliament

Most commentators are going on about the £23bn extra spending the Chancellor has proposed based on the spin lines out of the OBR and Treasury. I look at the actual figures in the Green book compared to the March Budget figures.  These show that total managed expenditure will be £46.1bn higher over the  rest of […]

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Autumn Statement

The forecasts could have been worse. The OBR has now raised its forecast for growth in 2016 to 2.1%. That’s a higher figure than prior to the referendum vote. The OBR has also confirmed that it does not expect a  recession this winter following the vote to leave the EU, despite the Treasury and Bank […]

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EU political tensions

The last polls allowed before the Italian referendum point to a defeat for Mr Renzi and the government he leads. He wishes to concentrate power in a single chamber of the Italian Parliament and make it easier for him to direct reform and keep a majority in place for his proposals. He has promised or […]

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Spare us the foolishly pessimistic forecasts

Today the Treasury will throw in the towel over its stupidly pessimistic forecasts for the UK economy this year. I expect them to come  round to my view-and their view in March – that the UK econony will grow at least 2% this year, the fastest of the G7. They should also recognise that next […]

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Equitable Life Payment Scheme

I have received the enclosed update from Ministers: Dear Colleague, Re: EQUITABLE LIFE PAYMENT SCHEME I know that the progress of the Equitable Life Payment Scheme (“the Scheme”) is of interest to colleagues, so I am writing to you today to inform you of its closure and what it has achieved. As announced by the […]

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