Blogs from Downtown in Business

The unaccountable government

Rail betrayal Since Parliament has gone into recess, hardly a day has passed without a significant policy announcement by ministers. They’ve ranged from banning petrol driven cars by 2040, to transport announcements that have the potential to drain the Northern Powerhouse (NP) of any meaning. With MPs, away from Westminster and unable to call the […]

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Hammond’s warning

We would not be able to repeat the 2008 rescue of the banks because our debt and deficit is too high. That was the stark, and under reported, comment from Chancellor Phil Hammond in a recent TV interview. It didn’t get much attention because Hammond went on to call for an end to Cabinet leaks […]

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Happy First Anniversary PM – Will you be around for a second?

Theresa May ‘celebrated’ her first year in Number Ten this week. I doubt if there were any champagne corks popping though. Just twelve months ago, she was enjoying a coronation courtesy of her parliamentary colleagues in the Conservative Party. No other Tory MP was deemed to be fit enough to even put before the party’s […]

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Will government end gig economy abuses?

The gig economy is nothing new. Before the Dock Labour Scheme of 1967, there was widespread use of casual labour in ports like Liverpool. Dockers depended on a tap on the shoulder to get work. The rise of the unions in the sixties and seventies forced back irresponsible bosses but the predatory instincts of capitalism […]

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Time to put the brakes on Brexit

Pollsters do not have much credibility left nowadays. They have made so many bad calls in recent years, that much of what they predict is treated with disdain. Therefore, the poll being promoted by ‘Remainers’ this week, suggesting that 54% of people would now vote to stay in the EU, gains little traction with firm […]

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