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The UK government says the unions should gain 40% support from eligible members in order to call a strike. Should the same rule apply to a government before it can claim to have a mandate to govern? Sounds fair to me. 37% of 66% is about 24% of eligible voters so this government comes up way short.
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How did the Conservatives manage to win? What story was told that made people think they were good economic mangers? If I turn off the tap and then on again of course water will flow.
A few weeks ago I was having dinner with David Cameron. Well, almost - we were at the same restaurant but on tables at the opposite side of the room. He was taking a break from campaigning. I remember thinking he must be one ...
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Are the politicians telling lies about the cause of the crash for their own political gain?
Permanent secretary to Treasury, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, contradicts Tory pre-election claims, saying financial crisis was ‘a banking crisis pure and simple’
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Yesterday was open demos for our final year project students. Some great projects and work done. However, I do wonder whether there is a critical evaluation of the impact of technology solutions.
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Are politicians liars or slaves?
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Some thoughts on economic growth and resource consumption.
I have been playing a thought experiment with my problem solving students in relation to determining the impact on resources of constant growth. The scenario that I presented was:Martha is concerned about the rate at which na...
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The 2015 General Election has shown once and for all that our voting system is broken beyond repair. Please sign our petition calling for a fairer, more proportional system to elect MPs. makeseatsmatchvotes.org
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Home ownership is it good or bad? Are we on the path for another crisis?
Spiralling house prices are trapping people in lifelong debt while politicians ignore the root causes. Even the United Nations is alert to the Britain's growing housing crisis.
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This is worth reading if you have doubts about claims made by various political interests.
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Watching / listening to the UK seven party leader debate. What horrifies me is the complete lack of understanding of government debt and what really caused the economic crisis. Why do they not understand money creation and the way the banking system caused the economic mess?
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Wage disparity: Is the justification for paying someone more really justifiable? I have a lot of experience in my field but I am being paid a lot less than others who are relatively new to the field. But should we pay people less because their role supposedly is easy for others to take on? What is that saying when we pay someone in a university context less because they focus on teaching than research? What are we saying to even lower paid staff (i.e. cleaners) about their role in the organisation and the quality of work we are expecting of them? Can we really complain about their quality of work when we don't regard their role as worthy of a better reward? They have no more hours in the day to earn more.
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Oh what a lucky man
mainlymacro.blogspot.com

A few weeks ago I was having dinner with David Cameron. Well, almost - we were at the same restaurant but on tables at the opposite side of

The Seats Don't Match Our Votes
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The 2015 General Election has shown once and for all that our voting system is broken beyond repair. Please sign our petition calling for a

From castle to cage: what to do about the housing crisis?
www.opendemocracy.net

Spiralling house prices are trapping people in lifelong debt while politicians ignore the root causes. Even the United Nations is alert to t

Lairs or Slaves
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Are our politicians liars or slaves to an economic framing story? Many of us possibly accept that our politicians don't always tell us the w

How can Labour say it didn't crash the economy
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If my memory serves me correctly, one of the rounds of applause received in the UK election debate on Thursday was when Clegg said that Mili

Economic Growth Implications
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I have been playing a thought experiment with my problem solving students in relation to determining the impact on resources of constant gro

Money as a result of lack of trust
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The normal convention is to see money as being based on trust in the sense that we trust that others will accept money as part of transactio

Have we been here before?
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I have been rereading Brian McLaren's (2007) “Everything must change.” He finishes chapter 10 by talking about “Jesus resituated.” Basically

Helicopter money and the government of central bank nightmares
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If Quantitative Easing (QE), why not helicopter money? We know helicopter money is much more effective at stimulating demand. Helicopter mon

Who has the fresh vision?
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Over the last two weeks, I have listened to people talking about sustainability through localising economies and the framing stories that we

Accounting, Debt, and Society
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It is now some months ago that we looked at this chapter (Jackson & Dyson 2012, chapter 8). In fact, the reading group has now completed rea

PHD Comics: Nothing
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Link to Piled Higher and Deeper

It's socialism for the rich and capitalism for the rest of us in Britain...
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Who are the real scroungers? Free-marketeers decry 'big government' yet the City and big business benefit hugely from the state – from bailo

Reforming the Banking System
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Monetary reform has to deal with a number of issues. There are a number of things that need to change. These include stopping banks creating

Greed vs. Need
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I attended the launch of End Hunger Fast campaign for lent at St Phillips Cathedral in Birmingham on Wednesday afternoon. I am not a big fan

Social and Environmental Impact
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What is the impact of the current economic system? Jackson and Dyson (2012) describe what they see as the social and environmental impact of

Oppression, liberation, and judgement
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I struggle with passages on the bible that speak of violent judgement by God. This can be against those seen as his people of in the case of

Prophecy and Judgement
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My interest in prophecy has less to do with ancient prophecy and whether it has been fulfilled. I am more interest in how we can communicate

Justice and Silence
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We read Micah 3 during this week. Micah in this passage speaks out against the the injustice in Judah's society. He speaks out on three fron

Economic Consequences
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This chapter, “Economic Consequences of the current system” (Jackson and Dyson, 2012, Chapter 4) deals with some of the standard assumptions