Category Archives: Economics

Michael Heseltine – Rebalancing the British Economy

12 June House of Commons Robert Henderson Michael Heseltine was the sole speaker.  He has recently submitted a government-commissioned report No Stone Unturned (http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/BISCore/corporate/docs/N/12-1213-no-stone-unturned-in-pursuit-of-growth.pdf). It was unusually depressing fare,  because like the later Bourbons Heseltine has forgotten nothing and learned … Continue reading

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Richard North: useful idiot or Europhile wolf in Eurosceptic’s clothing?

Campaign for an Independent Britain meeting 4th May 2013 Dr Richard North: The way forward His  contribution was very odd indeed for someone who is supposedly strongly Eurosceptic.  His “way forward” is for the UK   to remain entwined in coils of … Continue reading

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Bruges Group meeting 23rd April 2013 – Immigration: Can we control it?

Robert Henderson Speakers: Sir Andrew Green (MigrationWatch UK) Philip Hollobone (Tory MP for Kettering) Gerard Batten (UKIP MEP for London) This was a meeting truly remarkable the vehemence and explicit nature of the anti-immigrant feeling which was put forward not … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: the most useful of idiots is dead

Note: Undoubtedly a gigantic political personality, but that is disastrous if the politics and understanding of what she was doing are missing. One of her favourite claims was that she had been “badly advised”.  Just what you don’t want as … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment: how to cure it

The essay below is my  entry to the HJI-Reed Youth Unemployment Prize – see http://www.henryjacksoninitiative.org/ Robert Henderson When things change the surest way to identify a cause is to identify all the conditions which obtained before the change and then … Continue reading

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Wages and benefits are not comparable

Robert Henderson The Coalition’s line on benefits will not hold water.   The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith claims it is unreasonable for benefits to rise in line with inflation when wages are not doing so (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9787094/Iain-Duncan-Smith-raising-benefits-with-inflation-would-be-absurd.html). This ignores … Continue reading

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Sixty years ago – we were naturally greener then

Robert Henderson The world of sixty years ago I was born in  England in 1947 into a world  where the national watchwords were  “make do and mend” and “waste-not-want-not“.   That was in part attributable  to  post-war austerity ,  but mostly  … Continue reading

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George Orwell, left politics, modern liberals and the BBC

Robert Henderson The “wrong” type of left wingery The BBC has refused (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/22/bbc-george-orwell-statue-left-wing) to  accept a statue of their one-time employee George Orwell because  the outgoing director-general Mark Thompson thinks the great political novelist and essayist is “too left wing … Continue reading

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Public and Private Confusion (And, yes, there is an alternative)

I wrote Public and Private Confusion in 2006, before the credit crisis, before even Northern Rock was saved by the taxpayer. NuLabbour’s mania for privatizing anything in sight was in full spate, mostly, because the Tories had privatized all of … Continue reading

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Helping Boris Johnson to understand why foreigners “get all the jobs”

Mr Boris Johnson Mayor of London Greater London Authority City Hall The Queen’s Walk More London London SE1 2AA Telephone: 020 7983 4100 Minicom: 020 7983 4458 Fax: 020 7983 4057 Email: mayor@london.gov.uk 17 5 2012 Dear Mr Johnson , … Continue reading

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