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Ben Chu is The Independent's economics editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer. He is the author of 'Chinese Whispers: Why everything you've heard about China is wrong' (2013). Follow him on Twitter: @BenChu_. Contact him on email via b.chu@independent.co.uk

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Did the UK economy do well after all?, Chunomics

Did the UK economy do well after all?

Not when set in a domestic historical context. And our productivity performance has still been dreadful.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 1:58 pm

What’s really happened to NHS spending under the Coalition?, Chunomics

What’s really happened to NHS spending under the Coalition?

If Jeremy Hunt had used the day-to-day measure of spending his political point about Labour’s plans would have been blunted.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 September 2014 at 12:56 pm

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks, Chunomics

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks

Scotland’s banks have vast balance sheets, worth more than twelve times the country’s £150bn GDP. The fiscal position of an independent Scotland could look better if they did re-domicile.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 10:58 am

Are the Scots really sucking up a massive subsidy?, Chunomics

Are the Scots really sucking up a massive subsidy?

Public service spending per head in Scotland is is higher than in England. But it’s lower than in Northern Ireland and some English regions.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 10 September 2014 at 12:27 pm

How profligate was Labour by international standards?, Chunomics

How profligate was Labour by international standards?

By citing the OECD view of the size of the structural deficit in 2007, and then sticking to the IFS narrative on the pace of austerity the Treasury seems to be guilty of cherry picking.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 4:47 pm

How has the picture of the UK economy changed?, Chunomics

How has the picture of the UK economy changed?

The Conservatives will claims this upgrade as a vindication of their economic strategy. Critics will point out that growth would have been still higher without George Osborne’ front-loaded fiscal austerity. No change there then.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at 1:37 pm

What did the Chinese do during the Great War?, Eagle Eye

What did the Chinese do during the Great War?

An alliance of Chinese British political and social organisations have launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the efforts of the Chinese in the First World War.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 5:40 pm

Britain’s trade headache could be about to get worse, Chunomics

Britain’s trade headache could be about to get worse

Net trade could easily slip from making zero contribution to growth to being an outright drag over the coming years.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 August 2014 at 1:51 pm

What’s really happening to rents?, Chunomics

What’s really happening to rents?

Rents have been rising in real terms according to HomeLet, even though the Office for National Statistics says they are becoming more affordable. Why the divergence?

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 7:55 pm

Paul Fisher: the full transcript, Chunomics

Paul Fisher: the full transcript

I’ve interviewed Paul Fisher, who this month attended his final Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting. He is now deputy head of the Bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority.

Here’s the full transcript below for those who are interested in monetary policy and financial regulation.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 at 12:01 am

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