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By Tubby Isaacs
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Seeing that the FT has a nasty habit of calling the right out, they've alighted on this bloke and his freesheet as "City opinion".

Anyone else noticed him? He's on the Daily Politics now. Supply side measures, blah, blah, tax cuts. He's complaining the national debt is going up- imagine that, in a recession.
By new puritan
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He sometimes writes articles for the Telegraph (unsurprisingly). Needless to say they're full of the usual dull neoliberal cheerleading. Take this example from earlier in the week - apparently our economy is crocked because we just don't hero-worship business enough. Nothing to do with people not spending because they're skint after, er, decades of neoliberalism. Anyone who questions the wisdom of this is, of course, waging 'class war'.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comm ... erity.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It is no surprise, therefore, that every recession triggers a backlash against capitalism. But the current bout of anti-business sentiment is far worse than usual, fuelled by the extraordinary length of the downturn.

The anger has become so extreme, so one-sided that it is beginning to threaten the very foundations of Britain’s prosperity. I’m not referring to the perfectly legitimate revulsion at the endless stream of disgusting corporate scandals, or to public support for cracking down on rewards for failure. Such sentiments, if channelled properly, will help reform and strengthen the system. White-collar criminals are a disgrace and should be locked up.

But we are also witnessing a corrosive development: an emerging consensus that the economy is rigged against ordinary folk, that it has become a zero sum game for the benefit of the rich, that everybody is corrupt. Anybody successful is now viewed with suspicion, as they were prior to Lady Thatcher’s 1980s. With inflation eating into most people’s incomes, and house prices falling, envy and class war, those old British diseases, have made an ugly comeback.
 
By Emmett Jenner
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Tubby Isaacs wrote:"They're looking for the wow factor"
Wow, those people are so working class. I bet they vote Labour n' everything.
By Big Rob
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But we are also witnessing a corrosive development: an emerging consensus that the economy is rigged against ordinary folk, that it has become a zero sum game for the benefit of the rich, that everybody is corrupt. Anybody successful is now viewed with suspicion, as they were prior to Lady Thatcher’s 1980s. With inflation eating into most people’s incomes, and house prices falling, envy and class war, those old British diseases, have made an ugly comeback.
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By Tubby Isaacs
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He's still shit.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/brit ... qus_thread" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

He talks up a "tax commission" he chaired.

Have a good laugh at the people on it

http://www.2020tax.org/commissioners/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Fraser Nelson, Martin Durkin, Matthew Elliot and Mark Littlewood feature.
#245713
Class war is an old "British disease"? :? Surely it's more of a malaise that people constantly side-step the issue. Just take a look around a fee-paying school, pricey nightclub or stroll around an area like Gerrards Cross. Then walk through King's Lynn. It's a grotesquely divided country, and as any form of aspirational meritocracy falls away, we'll become more and more locked into a pessimistic Indian-style caste system, unless this deep-rooted economic inequality is addressed.
 
By davidjay
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Kreuzberger wrote:
Emmett Jenner wrote:
Tubby Isaacs wrote:"They're looking for the wow factor"
Wow, those people are so working class. I bet they vote Labour n' everything.
See your avatar is still cropped and shite. How would you do with the economy?
Sell things to India and Northern Rhodesia.
By new puritan
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More risible stuff from Heath.
Ryan wants to sweep away loopholes which favour some industries or individuals, backs a much simpler tax system and wants to wage war against corporatism by eliminating handouts to companies. Osborne has hiked taxes, barely cut spending and has made the tax system more complex; he is too much of an accountant and not enough of a bold, optimistic, risk-taking neo-Reaganite in the Ryan mould.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comm ... omics.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ryan voted for TARP, the Bush tax cuts and a whole host of other programmes that blew a hole in the American federal budget. How this charlatan has the balls to market himself as fiscally credible, not to mention having hard-right columnists lapping it up, is beyond me.
By new puritan
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Looks like Ryan's really set the campaign alight. In fact, voters are only fractionally less excited about him than they were about Dan Quayle.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Four in 10 Americans rate Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate as either "excellent" or "pretty good," while 42% call the choice "only fair" or "poor." This even division is among the least positive reactions to a vice presidential choice Gallup has recorded in recent elections. Only George H.W. Bush's selection of Dan Quayle in 1988 generated a higher negative response, although it also generated higher positives.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/156545/React ... cally.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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His budget plan has been attacked by some lefty who used to be Reagan's budget director.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/opini ... -plan.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Admittedly, Reagan's budgets didn't go very well, but makes some good points.
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