Despite their much vaunted economic expertise, the leading national and global institutions failed to prevent the financial and economic crisis theyâ€™re now arguing over how to clear up. The IMFâ€™s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) reported last month on why the IMF, as one such institution, failed to identify the risks and give clear warnings. [...]
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The end of the self-defeating minersâ€™ strike in 1985 led to the somewhat fundamentalist right wing government imposing severe restrictions on the unionsâ€™ rights to engage in industrial action. Despite the 13 years of Labour rule, those restrictions were never undone. So it remains extremely difficult, within the law, for the union movement to mount [...]
A recent article in The Economist pointed out that Britain, the original industrialiser for long in relative economic decline, owned 45% of the worldâ€™s foreign direct investment in 1914, but now has substantially less than 10%. The United Statesâ€™ foreign direct investment peaked at around 50% in 1967 and is now less than half that. [...]
The desire to return to business as usual isnâ€™t restricted to the obscenity of bankersâ€™ bonuses. That same desire is shared by unemployed potters in Stoke on Trent, car workers in Detroit, and the governing politicians in London and Washington who are presiding over their peopleâ€™s misery.
However, for the millions in Chinaâ€™s (not [...]