The Armchair Inflation Fallacy

“Zimbabwe.” That’s the favourite one. Sometimes backed up with “The Weimar Republic.” Galloping inflation. That’s what you get when the government prints money. Swiftly followed by economic collapse. Guaranteed. Anyone with half a brain knows that. When armchair economists are finally forced to admit that there is a magic money tree, which government can use to…

Labour Needs To Tell The Truth About Tax

If the UK has another general election this year (or next) Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will lose. Again. In their euphoria at outperforming everyone’s expectations in the election just past Mr Corbyn and his merry crew appear to have overlooked the fact that they polled the best part of a million votes fewer than the…

The Magic Money Tree

Last night in a debate hosted by the BBC Amber Rudd (Home Secretary of the current UK government, Conservative, desperately scrabbling to win a general election that she thought was in the bag on the day it was announced) repeatedly accused Jeremy Corbyn (current leader of the opposition, Labour, getting dangerously close to making fools…

A Breath Of Fresh Air

A year ago I wrote that “Labour’s *New* Economic Strategy Makes Me Want To Scream”. With frustration, that is, not delight. Last November John McDonnell, Labour’s shiny new shadow chancellor, was telling us that diversification, innovation and public investment were going save us from the dead-end of Tory austerity. Mr. McDonnell appeared to be as…

John Mason MSP Doesn’t Know His Debt From His Deficit

John Mason MSP is a former accountant who is the Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee. Last month he was the focus of a lengthy conversation on twitter after stating that the “UK deficit (is) £1.5 trillion”. For those of you with time to squander the entire twitter exchange can be found here: https://twitter.com/JohnMasonMSP/status/703699151461203968…