• March 25, 2011

    The 2011 Budget offers useful cover for the central deceit of the government’s economic strategy, says Simon Barrow – which is that massive cuts in the public sector and in the local and national state are “unavoidable” and “necessary” to eliminate Britain’s massive deficit.

  • March 23, 2011

    Those who have learned their lines as the government intends might think they have been dealt a good, or at least unavoidable budget yesterday. However, many of us are profoundly sceptical of the twin tropes which Messrs Cameron and Osborne have been repeating endlessly in the hope that they will somehow become the backdrop of our thinking.

  • March 23, 2011

    Once again, as the budget looms, the government is looking down the wrong end of the economic telescope.

  • December 20, 2010

    Between now and 2013-14 average incomes are forecast to stagnate and both absolute and relative poverty among children and working-age adults are expected to rise.

  • November 13, 2010

    Two major UK church investment organisations have welcomed a new code designed to encourage responsible investment.

  • September 30, 2010

    A political panel debate at the New Economic Reality conference in Edinburgh has heard a trenchant attack on the economic consensus of the big parties.

  • September 27, 2010

    The received wisdom perpetuated by the government is that deep and immediate public spending cuts are necessary and beneficial, says Simon Barrow. But there are strong economic arguments that point towards investment in long-term sustainability rather than hitting the most vulnerable to reduce the deficit.

  • September 23, 2010

    The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has written to the UN Secretary-General urging economic change to embed anti-poverty goals.

  • September 22, 2010

    A reform-oriented "common word on international economic practices" has been issued by Christians and Buddhists meeting in Thailand.

  • June 24, 2010

    The UK coalition government has been left on the back foot in defending its emergency budget after established analysts proclaimed its social impact regressive and its economic approach flawed.