Author Archives: Michael Burke

Hutton should read his pensions report again before leaping to Cameron’s rescue

Lord John Hutton claims his report was about “sustainablility” but the word is only used once in the report – and yet now he’s spinning for Tories.

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The stats show the Tories make you worse off and less safe

Analysis of Tory policies show the average person will be worse off, while new data on police numbers and crime also show Tory cuts are making you less safe.

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Attack on pensions is not about affordability, fairness, efficiency or savings

The justification for the attack on public sector pensions is rapidly being unravelled, writes Michael Burke.

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The madness of more of the same

The gravest global economic crisis since the 1930s was clearly a crisis of the private sector – yet it is the public sector which is getting the blame and must be cut.

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New Labour taxed and spent much less than Thatcher

Until the recession New Labour spent less as a proportion of GDP than Thatcher – any deficit was a result of taxing at a much lower rate than Thatcher did.

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The Daily Mail are debt dunces

Michael Burke discusses how the coalition’s economic policies represent a transfer of income from poor to rich, and how the Daily Mail are deficit dunces.

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What could be done with £7.5bn?

Alan Johnson yesterday set out plans for taxes on banks & banking which he says will raise £7.5bn by the end of the Parliament, but what should he spend it on?

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Increased science funding would help reduce the deficit

British universities are in trouble. Lord Browne today proposes a huge cut in the Hefce budget, while the govt. plans to cut funding for scientific research.

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The source of the deficit

There are innumerable claims from the Coalition government and its supporters that the source of the public sector deficit is Labour’s over-spending. But one graph, on the Treasury’s own website, demonstrates that assertion is untrue.

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Cuts won’t reduce the deficit – investment will

The recent Budget will not reduce the deficit. The experience of Thatcherism in Britain demonstrates that it won’t, as well as the more recent experience of countries such as Ireland and Greece.

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