economy

Simply ‘more jobs and growth’ may no longer be adequate

Alex White  |  18 February 2016

Does the left have a plan for the next economic downturn? When it comes to thinkpieces on why the left failed to make the most out of a global crisis in 2008, supply has far outweighed demand. But eight years on, a pressing task for the Labour party should be to prepare for the next …

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Time for a citizen’s income?

Anthony Painter and Karen Buck MP  |  11 February 2016

Anthony Painter and Karen Buck debate the merits of a basic income for all Photo: TaxBrackets.org

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The most sustained and partisan attack in a generation

Angela Eagle MP  |  8 February 2016

This week is #heartunions week, and we should use it as an opportunity to celebrate some of the great successes trade unions have had and the exceptional work being done by trade union reps and members in workplaces right across the country. While the Tories often treat trade unions like they are the enemy within, …

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Talent attracts talent

Joe Goldberg  |  5 February 2016

The science behind job creation —The idea that politics is about the future is not a Clintonism; it is as old as any western philosophy. Ever since Socrates identified ‘the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but creating the future’, political discourse has been a debate between those that …

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The Productivity Plan – short on measurability

Peter Kyle MP  |  5 February 2016

The business, innovation and skills select committee, which I sit on, has just published its report into George Osborne’s much-hyped Productivity Plan which he unveiled last summer. Unfortunately like so many of the chancellor’s grand announcements, once you look at it in more detail, you find it does not really add up … When I …

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Look to Davos for partners for a new kind of growth

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  22 January 2016

I worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva from January 2009 until 2012, and I will never forget the febrile mood of my first Davos in January 2009, just a few months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. I don’t mean the personal sense of ‘new kid on the block’ trepidation that I was experiencing, …

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Rules to share

Brhmie Balaram  |  22 January 2016

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is upon us, with all the challenges that that brings for the way we live, consume and do business – so the argument runs at this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos currently taking place. Interacting with this is the shift towards the ‘sharing economy’ – also an area of great and …

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Keeping the discussion going so we can all to shape the change

Adrian Monck  |  22 January 2016

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos took place this year against a complicated and fragile global backdrop. Financial markets are nervous. Geopolitics is fraught. Global business is caught in the eye of a hurricane of digital change. The planet’s environment is under strain. How do you take global leaders out of their immediate …

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Labour, social enterprise and B Corps 

Tom McNeil  |  22 January 2016

This week the World Economic Forum in Davos hosts more than 1,000 chief executives and company chairs, and more 40 world leaders to discuss the future of global business and economics. It is at events like this that Labour should take the opportunity to endorse the exciting concept of social enterprise. The Labour party needs …

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A dynamic economy encourages innovation across our society

Stephen Beer  |  22 January 2016

Delegates at the World Economic Forum this week will be talking about the implications of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. The claim is that this revolution is characterised by the combination of different technologies, linking the physical, digital, and biological worlds. Could a future Labour party conference consider the implications of this development for Labour policy? …

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