What should the Chancellor do about recession?

Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is making a special announcement about his fiscal plans. We are not allowed to call it an emergency budget though.  He does so, primarily to give a bit more detail about how the Government are going to help with the energy crisis. This is part two following on from… Continue reading What should the Chancellor do about recession?

The Cost of Living Crisis – it’s time to act

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There’s been frequent talk of and demand for emergency budgets through the year as the cost-of-living crisis has worsened.  Earlier I argued that we shouldn’t be panicked into doing what this or that politician or former prime minister demanded and that rushing to hold an emergency budget wasn’t the right response.  Because the main driver… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis – it’s time to act

The Cost of Living Crisis and the Jubilee answer

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Today, the energy watchdog for the UK confirmed that the price-cap on fuel bills will rise by 80% in October with average household bills set to go up from £1,971 to £3549. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been writing frequently about the Cost of Living Crisis. This is a crisis that is already… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis and the Jubilee answer

Is the national Anthem a prayer and should we sing it in church?

Before we leave behind some of the questions that have arisen out of the Jubilee weekend, I’d like to talk about one more thing.  One suggestion made has been that we could at least sing the National Anthem in our church services because it is a prayer. In fact, I’ve seen it argued that this… Continue reading Is the national Anthem a prayer and should we sing it in church?

A tale of two countries – A Jubilee celebration for all?

Apparently, something big has been happening in Britain over the past few days.  Read certain papers (The Telegraph, the tabloids) or watch the BBC and you’ll pick up on it.  The UK are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with street parties and pageants, festooning their houses and neighbourhoods with bunting and Union Jack flags.  Those… Continue reading A tale of two countries – A Jubilee celebration for all?

Make it a real Jubilee – cancel the debt

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Here’s some information about debt in the UK. The average debt in the UK was over £1.7 billion at the end of November 2021. The average total debt per household in 2021 was £63,112. Unsecured debt from personal loans was estimated at £208 billion in 2019. As stated in UK personal debt statistics, 63% of UK… Continue reading Make it a real Jubilee – cancel the debt

Why I won’t be celebrating Jubilee Sunday (if I can help it)

Yesterday, I began to talk about celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  As promised, here’s why I don’t intend to make a big thing of the so called Jubilee Sunday.  The first thing to say is that my position doesn’t arise out of some passionate republicanism although my sympathies lie increasingly that way.  I’m inclined to… Continue reading Why I won’t be celebrating Jubilee Sunday (if I can help it)

The Gleaning Project -an idea to help tackle the Cost of Living Crisis

This week, as predicted, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in effect a windfall tax. He didn’t use the actual term but I suspect his efforts to get a different term used will be as successful as Margaret Thatcher’s attempts to get people talking about The Community Charge instead of The Poll Tax. I’ve written… Continue reading The Gleaning Project -an idea to help tackle the Cost of Living Crisis

Fallow Ground

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Ancient Israel was expected to observe sabbath years (every 7) and jubilee years every 50. Those years were meant to allow for the release of slaves, cancellation of debt, return of property to tribal/clan ownership and rest for the land with the fields left fallow. Whilst those laws were specific to Israel and so not… Continue reading Fallow Ground