Author: julianhjessop

The cycle will always be with us

Mark Twain is alleged to have read a newspaper account of his own passing and declared ‘the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated’. That story may well be apocryphal. But it has stood the test of time rather better than Gordon Brown’s now infamous claim as Chancellor that there would never be a … Continue reading The cycle will always be with us

How can economists help to tackle climate change?

Here are the slides from a presentation on climate change I gave to 14- to 16-year-olds on Saturday 25th September as part of an event run by Bubble Bubble, in partnership with the Royal Economic Society’s ‘Discover Economics’ campaign… how-can-economists-help-to-tackle-climate-change-sep-2021Download You can find more about 'Bubble Bubble' here... Economics for teens | Bubble Bubble | … Continue reading How can economists help to tackle climate change?

Sunak must keep trying to cut tax before the next election

The Treasury’s “fiscal rules” are rather like New Year’s resolutions: many of us make them, but few keep them. Nonetheless, after the spending binge during the pandemic, the Government needs some sort of framework to bring borrowing back under control. We may not have to wait much longer. The Chancellor is expected to unveil new … Continue reading Sunak must keep trying to cut tax before the next election

What’s the real story on UK-EU trade?

Many diehard Remainers are still claiming that UK exports to the EU have been permanently crippled by Brexit, and that UK imports will fall further. But the evidence is stacking up against them. Admittedly, the widely expected decision to delay the full introduction of UK border checks might suggest that there is worse to come. The Government … Continue reading What’s the real story on UK-EU trade?