Public sector finance Archives - Emile Woolf writes

Layman’s guide to the coming currency collapse – January 2021

THE ECONOMIC CHASM CONFRONTING US – A LAYMAN’S ASSESSMENT The huge economic harm caused by Covid-19 is seen and experienced clearly and directly on a daily basis. Less obvious is the damage wrought in every welfare-driven democracy whose government finds itself in the dual-role of protector and saviour. Today expectation and dependency are the norm, […]

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SOME UNSEASONAL REFLECTIONS ON MONEY

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES 92 – DECEMBER 2020 SOME UNSEASONAL REFLECTIONS ON MONEY Several comments and questions on my last essay deserve a thoughtful response, which is the theme of today’s essay. You may recall its references to today’s dependency culture – the “expectation syndrome” that fuels the size and cost of welfare programmes as the state’s […]

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Audit independence: only one solution will succeed [SEPTEMBER 2020]

The “flawless” audit exists in the mind alone. Regulators such as the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) are therefore having to deal with the many that, in varying degrees, are flawed. However, the FRC’s practice of allowing so many years to pass before reporting their findings and punishing the culprits undoubtedly weakens its authority and blunts […]

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THE GULF BETWEEN RICH AND POOR

EMILE WOOLF – ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES 66 We are well into the protest season. The long run-up to the election period has been characterised by one protest after another – no-deal Brexit, climate change, arms sales, Tommy Robinson, police brutality, capitalism, Trump’s visit, fracking, Catalan, Hong Kong and Eritrean sympathisers, and so on … and on. […]

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Determination by Boris – economics!

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 59 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES – AS NEVER BEFORE GOING POSTAL – 29 July 2019 The pace of change on the political spectrum is truly bewildering for mere onlookers; and as for the usual clutch of clueless columnists and TV “interviewers”, no matter how measured their misguided speculations may sound, the tripe they […]

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A THOUGHT FOR THE NEW PM – JULY 2019

SPARE A THOUGHT (OR PRAYER) FOR THE NEW PM – AND HIS CHANCELLOR! EMILE WOOLF – ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES 58 The global economy is entering dangerous territory. In Britain’s case, the standard scapegoat for any slowdown is Brexit, of course. But how to explain the contraction in other major manufacturing countries? Forewarnings of serious decline are […]

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The case for taxing real “Value Added” – not VAT!

  ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 57 JULY 2019 Considering that the UK has a rag-bag of the most terrible taxes, did you note the competitive strategies for tax reform put forward by Tory candidates in their bid for election to high office? ONLY WHAT’S NECESSARY….   Most of their suggested “reforms” involved some judicious cutting of […]

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How to unravel economic complexity – the simple citizen’s guide – EP48

Economic Perspectives 48 GOING POSTAL – 28 JANUARY 2019 How to unravel economic complexity – the simple citizen’s guide Here’s a clue: if there are things that you, as a rational citizen, would never choose to do, it’s almost certain that government should stay clear of them too. But governments rarely act rationally, and the […]

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