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The latest guide to sustainable cost accounting

Sustainable cost accounting is the idea that I am promoting through the Corporate Accountability Network. The aim is to do what no one has yet achieved, which is to bring the impact of climate change onto corporate balance sheets. The latest guide to sustainable cost accounting is now out, incorporating feedback from recent meetings at which the issue […]

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Markets are failing

One of the great myths of modern capitalism is that markets work. Moreover, the supposedly work on the way that economists like to think they do. The Conservative Party is built on that myth. So too is the American Dream. The myth suggests that anyone can build a Company from scratch, entering a market of […]

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The debt delusion

I have been reading Prof John Weeks’ book ‘The Debt Delusion‘. I should say, upfront, that I know John, and enjoy his company: he is a fellow member of the Progressive Economy Forum. The book would be worth reading without that association. In essence, John uses the book to tackle six myths, which he identifies […]

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Are we heading for a hung parliament?

People have little more than a week left to make up their minds in this election. If they are voting by post, it is somewhat less.  The good news is patterns are emerging. The increase in Tory support has flattened as the Brexit Party ceases to play any effective role. The LibDems look to be […]

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The NHS: some facts

 Some facts on the NHS seem to be important to inform debate. Try these: New Accident and Emergency waiting times figures are the worst since targets were introduced in 2004, with one in six patients waiting longer than four hours for an appointment. 83.6% of patients were treated in four hours or less in October, […]

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The Tory plan to break our constitution

I hope Paul Spicker will forgive me seeking to amplify a point he made on his blog yesterday. He said: The government of the  United Kingdom has always had an unwritten constitution, and that position has been defended on the basis that it allows governments a degree of flexibility in dealing with complex situations.  That […]