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George Osborne is widely regarded as a very political chancellor. So yesterday’s announcement, in his speech to the Conservative conference, that a Tory majority government after the next general election would aim to run a budget surplus before the end … Continue reading

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Although the media only really woke up to the populist dimensions of Ed Miliband’s One Nation approach this week, it has been a part of his political armoury for some time. The discursive construction of ‘the people’ versus powerful vested … 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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David Cameron today exhorts us to pay off our debts. Were any economists involved in drafting the speech?

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Today Vince Cable is out and about burnishing the egalitarian credentials of the Liberal Democrats at their conference, with proposals to limit increases in executive pay coming fast on the heels of the Keynesian stimulus prospectus he set out in … Continue reading

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The latest edition of the London Review of Books has a nice essay by Hal Foster on the last seminar Derrida gave before he died in 2004, on ‘the Beast and the Sovereign’. At least in part – and with Derrida … Continue reading

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I am at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool today, debating whether the Coalition will last.

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