Financial Reform: An Alternative Use For “Yes”?

The Scottish independence referendum was about different things to different people, but a common theme was the hope of finding better ways of doing things: ways of tackling poverty and inequality; ways of moving government closer to communities, of making democracy more responsive; ways of encouraging an economy to thrive. For many people who are…

Very encouraging to see Martin Wolf in the Financial Times talking seriously about full reserve banking. His proposals for are a step in the right direction but are only part of the solution. They highlight a set of additional underlying problems that also need to be addressed. He takes no account of one of the main…

Here’s another video from Positive Money for those of you who have yet to catch on to the fact that our financial systems are dysfunctional by design. I know lots of people find this stuff dull but if we don’t change the ways that we use money then the financial crises will keep coming, one…

Money, Morality, And The Value Of A Clean Pan

I’m not sure how we got here, but we live in a world where money has become the unit that we use to measure value. When we ask how much something is worth, we’re asking how much money someone would be prepared to pay for it. But how much we pay for something – how much…

I’m Tired Of The Big Fat Lie

Our politicians, the economists who advise them, and the journalists who report their words and deeds tell us over and over again that our country is “living beyond its means” and the government will “run out of money” unless it “balances the books”. We’re told that government spending is restricted to the amount of money…

Boris. Living Proof That You Can Be Rich And Stupid

I don’t know what Boris Johnson’s IQ is but his speech at the annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture suggests that he is a spectacularly stupid little man. At the core of his speech was a celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s success in transforming Britain into “a buccaneering environment where there was no shame – quite the reverse –…

Not only is Help To Buy stupid in terms of pumping up the housing debt bubble (as explained here), it’s also an expensive alternative to renting, according to this analysis by pricedout.org.uk. Apparently you’re better off renting than being an average first time buyer using Help To Buy.

The notion of creating new money and giving it in equal share to the citizens of the UK may sound ridiculous, but this article by Mehdi Hasan in The Huffington Post explains that the idea isn’t as radical as it sounds. For an economy to thrive money must be available and mobile so creating and…