On Tuesday 13th May, Martin Howe QC will give the first lecture in Politeia's 2014 series, The UK and the EU: What principles should guide re-negotiation?
Britain's relations with the European Union have moved to the centre of the political stage. While many people support the principles on which free trade with the EU rests and want such arrangements to continue, they are concerned at the increased dominance of the EU in national life.
Western economies face rising costs for pensions, healthcare and other social goods. At the same time pressure on the public finances is greater. How can efficient and affordable social systems compete in an ever tougher global market?
Politeia's 2014 economic series explores how different international systems pay for the social policies which their societies expect. Addressing the series will be politicians, economists and actuaries; and specialists who have advised on, or created and introduced such systems.
For the list of speakers click here.
On Thursday 3rd April, Professor Lars Feld* gave the second lecture in Politeia's 2014 Economic series, Paying for the Future: Contributory or Tax funded Systems?, focusing on the Swiss pension system and Germany’s current proposals to reform its system.
As 2014 opens, the news from the Treasury seems upbeat. Growth is back. Economic forecasts are being revised upwards. The mood has switched from gloom to boom.
In After Osbrown: Mending Monetary Policy, Douglas Carswell MPfor Clacton, who previously worked in fund management, warns all is not what it seems. The warning signs are already there: this may yet prove to be another credit-induced recovery. The UK is increasingly dependent on consumer spending and mortgage debt. Savings and investment are down. The UK’s current account deficit is widening.
50p Income Tax? Bad Politics, Worse Economics!
The Shadow Chancellor’s announcement that Labour would, if returned to power, restore the 50 pence to rate of income tax, has prompted a lively response. But, suggests Professor David B Smith, while the jury may be out on the politics, the evidence against the economics is pretty conclusive.
UK Growth—Up or Down? Set Labour Markets Free to Succeed
As unemployment figures dropped to 7.1 percent this week, the puzzle remains why the economy is not growing. Dr Sheila Lawlor warns that the costs of labour are too high.
Money Matters! Stimulus economics must give way to disciplined monetary policy
As Labour propose, if elected, to limit the market share of the ‘big five’ banks, Douglas Carswell MP explains that for sustainable growth, the money supply must be controlled.
Counting Crime - When the figures don't add up
This week Sir Bernard Hogan Howe,the Metropolitan Police Commissioner acknowledged that the crime statistics returned by his force may have been manipulated. Simon Reevell MP warns of the consequences of a practice which may be endemic.
Cut Costs to Compete
Britain must review more than benefit tourism if she is to compete in world markets, says Sheila Lawlor.