The MPC meets today. We hear they might authorise more money printing today, or warm us up for more next month. (They announced £75 billion more QE -ed)
They have clearly long since abandoned their Statutory duty to control inflation. They regularly report inflation at more than twice the target level on the CPI, which is well below in turn the RPI which is the rate more of us experience. They do nothing to bring it down.
Apparently the MPC has redefined its own remit to do something about slow growth in incomes and output rather than control prices. The more they seem to follow this new idea, the more the UK economy slows. Growth now seems to suffer from the same MPC blight that has afflicted inflation.
The problem the MPC should grasp is that the main cause of the economy slowing is the high inflation they have allowed. Last year people’s real incomes fell, leading to a fall in private sector consumption. The main cause of the fall was the inroad made into people’s personal budgets by the big rises in the prices of essentials like energy, and the tax increaes to help pay for the large public sector.
The MPC’s interest rate strategy has cut the living standards of the prudent by slashing interest rates on savings. It has cut the value of everyone’s income, owing to the inflation. It allows the governemnt to borrow at very low rates at the expense of everyone else. Small and medium sized enterprises and individuals do not borrow at anything like the low interest rates we hear about as the MPC’s great success.
If they print more there is a danger of a weaker pound and more price rises. If they keep interest rates low they continue to punish the saver. The MPC follows a policy of public sector good, private sector bad. Their policy is not supporting the idea of a private sector led recovery. We need more cash and credit in the private sector, and more success in curbing infation.
Honest money should be part of the recovery package. Honest money would mean some new banks with enough share capital to lend money to decent new projects in the private sector. These could begin with the new cost efficient energy provision we need to start to bring energy prices down again.