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For City AM: It’s time to end the cruel delusion of cheap money and reckless spending


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City A.M. asked me to comment in advance of the Autumn statement. I wrote: GEORGE Osborne will present his Autumn Statement to a country in the grip of a cruel economic delusion, perpetrated against the poor and the aspirational. Welfare states everywhere are spending chronically beyond their means while papering over the cracks with easy money. Budget 2013 forecast spending in excess of receipts of about £9bn a month. Defence, criminal justice, local government and the Foreign Office have been […]

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The Four Horsemen, Russell Brand and the biggest problem with democracy


I found time this morning to watch the film Four Horsemen. It’s about what’s fundamentally wrong with the world and it features some major thinkers from Britain and the world. I feel fairly sure many of them did not know that the central point of the film is to explain why money should be separated from the state. As I set out in my maiden speech, Today, money is a product of the state. The Bank of England controls the […]

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Healthwatch: “All of us have a right to be heard”


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The public health and social care champion, Healthwatch, today launched its annual report 2012/13, demanding a greater role for patients in the NHS. It found that: 1 in 3 of us report experiencing or knowing someone who has experienced abuse, neglect or malpractice whilst being cared for. More than half of us who have experienced poor care in the last three years didn’t report it because we didn’t trust the system to act. An overwhelming 94% of us think the nation’s […]

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Put patients in charge of the NHS


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Shortly before the 1911 National Insurance Act – the Act which practically destroyed the friendly societies and inaugurated the welfare state – the magazine of the Oddfellows carried this: Working men are awakening to the fact that this is a subtle attempt to take from the class to which they belong the administration of the great voluntary organisations which they have built up for themselves, and to hand over the future control to the paid servants of the governing class … […]

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Bank reform demands monetary reform – an essay for Banking 2020


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Today sees the return of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill to Parliament. It does not do enough. In the book Banking 2020: A vision for the future, my essay summarises the institutional problems with our monetary and banking orthodoxy: The features of today’s banking system As Governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King told us in 2010: ‘Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today.’ Notes and coins are irredeemable: the promise […]

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