Economy


The £1.8 trillion question: what should a pro-business Labour Party sound like?

The scale of Labour’s election loss in May came as a shock to many of us, myself included. But in retrospect, the polls had warned us that Labour substantially trailed the Conservatives on economic competence for much of the last parliament. That simply meant voters were loath to hand us stewardship of the UK economy,… Read More »


Co-creation: the new economic model 

As the centre-left business community comes to terms with the scale of Labour’s defeat, it seems that a new vigour and optimism is returning.   We know how to create jobs and growth. We’ve done it all our lives. And it’s not merely a matter of Labour ‘getting’ business. It’s time for Labour Business to… Read More »


A crisis of confidence in the European project

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Greece is in a mess primarily because successive Greek governments failed to take the tough measures necessary to modernise the country’s economy and institutions. If the country was not in the eurozone then it could have taken radical steps of its own to correct mistakes of the past just as the United Kingdom did following… Read More »


A Dynamic Rebalanced Economy Supporting Strong Public Finances

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A BETTER PLAN FOR BUSINESS: A Dynamic, Rebalanced Economy with Strong Public Finances The first day of the 2015 general election campaign saw Ed Miliband launch Labour’s compelling Plan for British Business at Bloomberg’s in London. His overarching vision is one where our business sector succeeds when working people succeed. Focusing on the great strengths… Read More »




More Inclusive Britain in a Schumpeterian Future

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The progressive think-tank Policy Network recently published ‘Owning the Future: how Britain can make it in a fast-changing world’, a collection edited by Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna. It includes insights from fourteen business and union leaders, economists and politicians on Britain’s economic prospects and challenges. Owning the Future notes that the consumerist global middle… Read More »


Self-Employed Face Strong “Cost of Living” Headwinds

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Almost every week I seem to come across a story in the press about some super executives and their mega salaries which are meekly justified by their board members who insist that they are worth the money. The myth is that the recovery is being driven by some sort of battalion of super star executives…. Read More »