Economy
My views on economic policy and the banking crisis. I'm campaigning with the Christian Socialist Movement on bank reform to separate risky banking from the banks which handle retail deposits.
If tax revenues are not coming in as expected, there are implications for the next government.
Progress, 24 October 2014
 Economic Policy 
My latest economic policy bulletin - plus a call for a bolder stance on Iraq/Syria.
October 2014
As Conference gets underway, how Labour needs to develop its economic policy.
Progress, 20 September 2014
My latest economic policy bulletin.
September 2014
Reviewing a speech by Ed Balls.
Progress, 31 July 2014
Getting it right on spending is essential for Labour.
Progress, 30 May 2014
Growth, cost of living, tax, and spending.
Progress, 24 April 2014
This wasn't a Budget about investing in our future.
Progress, 21 March 2014
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 Banking Reform 
Making the case for a tax on trading and how it can be a One Nation policy.
Left Foot Forward, 6 August 2013
It should be Labour policy
Progress, 16 July 2012
The LIBOR scandal, banks, and Labour Party policy
Progress, 5 July 2012
The Independent Commission on Banking has published its final report. It's tough but doesn't go far enough.
Progress, 12 September 2011
We need power to be dispersed throughout society - and it's not too late for bank reform to lead the way.
Progress, 22 July 2011
The Independent Banking Commission has published its interim report, but it does not go far enough.
Progress, 11 April 2011
Speech on bank reform to Labour conference fringe event.
Labour Conference fringe, 29 September 2010
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 Economic Indicators 
  Time
Period
Economic
Measure
Annual
Change
CPI Sept 14   +1.2%
RPI Sept 14   +2.3%
Unemployment
% adult workforce
August 14 6.0%  
UK GDP
% change
Q2 14 +0.9% +3.2%
Public Debt
% of GDP
Sept 14 79.9% Info
Public Borrowing
year to date
Sept 14 £58bn Info
  Info from the Office for National Statistics.
 Economic Blogging 
The decline in real incomes continues
GDP - a long way to catch up
UK productivity revised
Are living standards improving?
Debating austerity in the Financial Times
 Latest 
Weak tax receipts spell trouble for Labour too
Beer on the economy
The decline in real incomes continues
Is there any strategic defence thinking going on?
Defence cuts...
 Labour News 
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