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Are too many people paying higher rate tax?, Chunomics

Are too many people paying higher rate tax?

Next time you hear someone moaning about too many people paying higher rate income tax and bemoaning the iniquity of fiscal drag remember that income tax isn’t everything.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 12:45 pm

The Peculiar Antique Politics of Bob Crow, Eagle Eye

The Peculiar Antique Politics of Bob Crow

Suzanne Moore in The Guardian detected a trace of hypocrisy in some of the coverage of the death of Bob Crow at the age of 52:
The shock of Bob Crow’s death was closely followed by another peculiar aftershock: those who had hated him while he was alive queued up to praise him.
One of those who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:36 am

Europe can wean itself off Russian gas, Chunomics

Europe can wean itself off Russian gas

Serious entry into the low carbon business, renewable energy today is cheap. In fact in many cases it is cheaper than conventional energy.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 3:05 pm

Never Closer Union, part 2, Eagle Eye

Never Closer Union, part 2

Further to my previous post, a footnote on Ed Miliband’s article in the Financial Times (limited free access). He says that “ever closer union” – the phrase that David Cameron wants to excise from the EU treaties – is “not Labour’s vision for Europe”. And he wants to transfer power to national parliaments. But he doesn’t say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:31 am

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time, Eagle Eye

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum,” Ed Miliband told the House of Commons in January last year. There was uproar, and afterwards Ed Balls told him off for not adding “now” at the end of the sentence. But what Miliband said then has turned out to be what he meant.
Today is a triumph [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:14 am

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”

The Labour modernisers are alive and still kicking. As well as Stella Creasy, who wants to extend consumer rights to the public sector, and Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed, who are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, there is Liz Kendall.
The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (you know, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 11:47 am

Schools inequality: what works, Eagle Eye

Schools inequality: what works

All right. Something useful happened at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York last week. There was a fringe meeting, at which Stephen Tall (pictured) spoke about his work for the Education Endowment Foundation.
The EEF is interested in what works in reducing educational inequality, which is something on which the UK has a worse record [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 10:01 am

Stella Creasy, consumer champion, Eagle Eye

Stella Creasy, consumer champion

A neglected part of the work of MPs is Public Bill Committees, where new laws are scrutinised in detail. Here we get a look at the inner workings not just of Bills but of ministers and their shadows.
I spent many happy hours researching the rise of Tony Blair through his work on Standing Committees, as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 6:30 pm

James of the Broken Shire, Eagle Eye

James of the Broken Shire

I have written a “very sneery” column for The Independent on Sunday about James Brokenshire’s speech to Demos, according to David Goodhart. Goodhart is chair of the Advisory Group at Demos, which I said was a think tank that sounds like an aftershave, so perhaps he was annoyed about that.
Actually, Goodhart thought that I was criticising [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 4:57 pm

Did Antony Jenkins really receive no bonus?, Chunomics

Did Antony Jenkins really receive no bonus?

The practical difference between an “LTIP” award and an annual bonus has eroded considerably. To get the full benefit from an annual bonus a banker would have to wait 3.5 years. For an LTIP the waiting period is 5 years.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 1:52 pm


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