Monthly Archives: October 2012

Last year I was approached by a Radio 4 producer to contribute some thoughts to a piece he was putting together on the rise of zombie motifs in contemporary popular culture. Could deeper socioeconomic trends explain this phenomenon, he asked?

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Last week, the authorities in Hong Kong bowed to the inevitable and slapped a 15 per cent stamp duty on properties purchased by overseas buyers. With its currency tied to the dollar, and no capital controls or capital gains tax, … Continue reading

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For many years, admiration for the Swedish economic and social model was a preserve of the British left. That started to change in 2006, when the centre-right Moderate party took power in Sweden under the youthful and dynamic leadership of … Continue reading

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From September 2014, primary schools will have to teach a foreign language to pupils in key stage 2 (7–11 year olds). Many already teach foreign languages, in part because of the last Labour government’s decision to introduce an entitlement to … Continue reading

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In his speech to the Conservative party conference, chancellor George Osborne has said that it is fanciful to believe that the ‘wallets of the rich’ can bear the burden of fiscal consolidation alone. But he has also said that the … Continue reading

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Izabella Kaminska has posted this very interesting FT Alphaville blog on a recent Capital Economics report on the output gap (h/t Duncan Weldon). If – and it’s a very, very big if – the output gap is still about 6 … Continue reading

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