Monthly Archives: November 2011

The deterioration of the public finances will guarantee George Osborne tough headlines for his mini-Budget Autumn Statement. Labour argues that it stands vindicated: the government’s strategy has failed. But is anyone listening to the Labour case — and even if … Continue reading

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According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, the chancellor is planning to delay (or possibly even entirely scrap) the ‘auto-enrolment’ of employees in small firms into workplace pension schemes.

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Here are some things I’ve read this week that have interested me. 1. Queensland looks to resurrect the Child Trust Fund down-under.

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This week I’ve been in Mumbai with Peter Mandelson and Will Straw as part of IPPR’s globalisation project. This megacity is hot and humid, even as the nights get colder with the approach of winter. But dark clouds are gathering … Continue reading

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Baltic boosterism is back. Last week Fraser Nelson used his new Telegraph column to sing the praises of Estonia’s economic performance, taking his cue from an earlier editorial in the Wall Street Journal which lavished praise on the small Baltic … Continue reading

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Today’s Q3 GDP growth figure of 0.5% may be as good as it gets for a while, with continued turbulence in the eurozone and the latest survey of purchasing managers showing that the UK manufacturing sector contracted in October at … Continue reading

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