Governance & Regulation Archives - Emile Woolf writes

REALITY BEGINS TO DAWN

Reality begins to dawn   Shortly before the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, BBC2’s “Newsnight” featured Kirsty Wark interviewing two economic experts, one Conservative, one Labour. She asked each of them to describe the measures they would recommend to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. I found it difficult to follow their arguments because any semblance of clear thought […]

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Part 2 – PUBLIC & PRIVATE SECTORS: KEY ECONOMIC DISTINCTIONS

Economic Perspectives – 112 (Part 2)   [EMILE WOOLF, FEBRUARY 2022]   In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass” Humpty Dumpty tells Alice: “When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”   Humpty’s subjective approach to verbal meanings is of little relevance to economic writing – although […]

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Economic Perspectives 112 – Part 1 – LIVING ON DEBT

Economic Perspectives 112 – February 2022 – Emile Woolf                                                        ——————————————– Part 1 – Idiocy repeated   Any catalogue of economic legends would of course include the 2008 visit of Queen Elizabeth to the London School of Economics, when the country was experiencing an unprecedented housing market bubble based on the irrational belief […]

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PUBLIC WASTE & PRIVATE THRIFT – EP-109

EMILE WOOLF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 109 [November 2021] Veteran observers of economic folly have the advantage of experience. They are already familiar with the failed policies being enacted, yet again, by unprincipled politicians whose sole motivation is re-election. In the meanwhile these pillars of ineptitude, incapable of linking cause and effect, remain blind to the […]

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EP – 106 When suppliers prefer their goods to our pounds

WHEN SUPPLIERS PREFER THEIR GOODS TO OUR POUNDS [ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES 106 – OCTOBER 2021]   Following his interview with Vladimir Lenin on the subject of inflation in 1919, John Maynard Keynes quoted the Russian as having said “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch its currency”, and Keynes included Lenin’s comment […]

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GOVERNMENT’S WAYWARD SPENDING – WITH OUR MONEY!

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 99 APRIL 2021    GOVERNMENT’S WAYWARD SPENDING – IT’S OUR MONEY!   Expenditure by “Big-government” is not readily susceptible to economic calculation. Therefore it’s impossible to know whether citizens would support central or local spending proposals – and they are never consulted anyway. The result is often a massive waste of public […]

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What happens when government stops intervening!

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 97 WHEN GOVERNMENT STOPS INTERVENING My recent essays have focused on the boost to economic growth that occurs quite naturally when obstacles are removed. I cited the positive economic consequences of Margaret Thatcher’s decision to allow markets, including the labour market, to operate freely by curbing the vice-like grip of the unions; […]

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GROWTH? NOT IN THIS BUDGET – an appraisal of the March 2021 budget

Economic Perspectives – 96           [EMILE WOOLF -7th March 2021]   GROWTH? NOT IN THIS BUDGET   We have just endured yet another March Budget in which the Chancellor sets out his strategy for balancing the nation’s expenditure plans with its available resources, principally from taxation. They are, of course, his spending priorities, and his tax-raising […]

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Post-Covid Conjectures

Economic Perspectives – 94 POST-COVID CONJECTURES – FEBRUARY 2021 EMILE WOOLF While speculation is rife about what the post-Covid economy will look like, we must remember that economic fundamentals are not susceptible to alteration. They may adapt to changed circumstances, but no external modifications in society can affect the laws and principles themselves – for […]

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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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