The slowest recovery in modern history slows down

GDP figures today disappointed expectations, with growth slowing for the second quarter in row, and increasingly departing already from the Office for Budgetary Responsibility forecast. In numbers: growth slowed to 0.5% in the last quarter of 2014, from 0.7% in the third quarter. This defied city...

Debts that cannot be repaid

THE Greek people have elected the left-wing Syriza party into office, signalling they've had enough of imposed austerity and unemployment, and though the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn remains menacing in...

Committee on Workers Capital – Global Proxy Review 2014

Check out this report published last week by the Committee on Workers Capital (CWC).  The CWC has "over 200 members from 25 different countries, the CWC connects labour union organizations around the world to advance the responsible investment agenda on the global stage".  The Global...

CDC pensions are better for the economy

At the TUC’s ABC of CDC conference, my good friend Bernard Casey of Warwick University asked Gregg McClymont, the Shadow Pensions Minister, the sources of the superior projected performance of CDC compared to individual DC.  “Different speakers have emphasised the “main” advantage of...

An alternative to austerity

http://labourlist.org/2015/01/16-labour-mps-release-statement-calling-for-change-in-party-policy-direction/ Greece may have just elected an anti-austerity Government, but in the UK we have rather fewer Parliamentarians prepared to commit to oppose the "shrink the state" dogma which dominates the...

Making up lost ground on pay

What is happening to workers’ pay is becoming one of the central arguments in the run up to the general election with the Government making much of the latest statistics on earnings and inflation. The collapse in the world price of oil has forced inflation on the CPI measure down to 0.5% while...

The Greek elections and UK trade unions

http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/01/could-the-greeks-bring-us-gifts-this-sunday/ The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (no less) posted the blog post to which I link above early last week in anticipation of what has now come to pass, Syriza's decisive election victory. I'm not in...

Unison AGM 25 February 2015 5.00 pm

The Unison City of Stoke-On-Trent Local Government Branch AGM will take place on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 5.00 pm in the Windsor Room, Civic Centre, Stoke.  This will be preceded by a buffet at 4.20 pm which must be … Continue reading →

London Loop Walk: Section 1 – Erith to Bexley

Off message but today Ms Grayee and I started on a long distance walk around London. The "London Outer Orbital Path" (better known as London Loop) is a 240 Km (150 mile) mostly sign posted route around outer London. It is divided into 24 linear sections which vary between 6.1 and 16.8 km accessible...

Meet Nigel Farage

Check out the new website Meet Nigel Farage and find out Nigel's plans to privatise the NHS, cut the NHS and charge for the NHS. All his plans are sourced. It is about time that Farage and UKIP got held to account for their Ultra Tory Right wing nonsense.

Does Davos do any good?

As the super-rich decant from Davos – some, seriously, by private jet – it’s time to reflect on another year of the elite World Economic Forum. Does it do any good? Davos is mostly...