Here is how TTIP threatens small businesses in the UK

TTIP protestors Photo credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images As an entrepreneur, I know how difficult it can be to set up and run a successful business. To do this against a backdrop of the biggest companies in the world having an unfair advantage is a sure-fire way to threaten our vibrant business sector. This is just one of the many reasons why the EU-US trade deal … Continue reading Here is how TTIP threatens small businesses in the UK

What is TTIP ?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the USA. The intention to launch TTIP negotiations was first announced by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address in February 2013 ‘What Is  TTIP ?’ , and the first round of negotiations took place … Continue reading What is TTIP ?

Persistence of old beliefs will only cause fresh disaster.

EVERYWHERE you look, the economic signs for the UK and global economy are extremely worrying. This contrasts with the past stance of the UK Government, telling us that the UK is growing comparatively quickly (compared to the Eurozone) and that employment is relatively high.Look a little deeper and the economic warning signs are plain to see but have been largely ignored because Westminster’s policy makers … Continue reading Persistence of old beliefs will only cause fresh disaster.

Greater public investment is needed to fund the NHS.

In light of the junior doctors’ strike, Philipa Mladovsky, Martin McKee, David Ingleby and Bernd Rechel compare health care spending in the UK to that in other high-income countries. They write that the UK spends the least on health care, while it does not spend much on social care either. Yet they argue that greater public investment is not only possible, but necessary if the NHS … Continue reading Greater public investment is needed to fund the NHS.

Super-rich face up to income inequality

Eighteen months ago, I published a book called “Plutocrats — the rise of the new global super-elite and the fall of everyone else”. In 2008, when I began my research, a lot of people — particularly many of the plutocrats I interviewed — thought I was crazy. I quickly learned that among my subjects it was best to describe my project as a study of … Continue reading Super-rich face up to income inequality