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Armed Forces Day in Buckinghamshire, Saturday 27 June – please volunteer

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This year, Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Aylesbury Rugby Club. We must never forget the achievements and sacrifices made by servicemen and women, their families, and those veterans whose bravery has secured our freedom in some of the most dangerous and challenging conditions. This year’s event plays host to the air show including flypasts by P51 Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane to name a few. There will be  musical performances from The Memphis Belles, The Army […]

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Reflections on Armed Forces Day

Today was Armed Forces Day: It’s an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets. One of the most sobering aspects of service as […]

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How banks unjustly inflate profits, boost capital and pay unearned bonuses

Yesterday in Parliament, I chaired an event with Gordon Kerr, launching his report The Law of Opposites, which is covered in the Guardian today: Banks use accounting loopholes to inflate their profits and bolster staff bonuses, according to a report published on Wednesday that calls for changes to the international accounting rules. According to the paper by the Adam Smith Institute, banks are able to use complex financial products such as credit default swaps to report profits that they might […]

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Speaking notes from Positive Money conference yesterday

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I opened the Positive Money conference yesterday, explaining the wide range of damaging flaws in our monetary system, how these have emerged and what the range of potential solutions might be. As I have often said, I favour the constitutionalisation of our present fiat money system, followed by the denationalisation of money. Positive Money’s proposals may meet that first step. Michael Meacher spoke later in the day; I am delighted that this important subject has cross-party appeal. My speaking notes […]

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Three political economies debated in Parliament

Last week, I chaired what turned out to be a passionate, courageous and grounded debate between three intellectuals from each point of the political triangle: conservative, classical liberal and social democrat. Dr Mark Pennington set out the inescapable reality of imperfect knowledge and incomplete rationality in human actors in defence of markets. Richard Murphy argued for a “cappucino” of state and market, flat rejecting neoliberalism. Jesse Norman MP critiqued the flaws in the theories of neo classical economics and completely […]

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The Cobden Centre Christmas reception » The Cobden Centre

TCC has had a great year and, last Thursday, we held our first Cobden Centre Christmas reception in celebration at the National Liberal Club. Read more and watch the video via The Cobden Centre Christmas reception.

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