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Labour can win - here's how

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There is still a belief in the possibility of a Labour win. A few policy changes will suffice. Peter Tatchell has a programme which he outlines in The Guardian, that he thinks would do the trick. A few of the suggestions have a certain merit, others are worse than useless. Labour's problem, the Conservative's problem, the LibDem's problem, Britain's problem, is that they are not informed by a coherent view of how the economy works. Of course Peter Tatchell is not an influential political figure but he articulates a widely held set of views about what should be done, which make his suggestions worth attention.

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The fall of the giants

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What is going on now in the economy is like the progressive collapse of a dam. First, a crack, then a small leak, and over the past twelve months it has turned into a breach
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Third World progress and poverty

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Some developing countries, most of them in Africa, have had high levels of aid dependence – in excess of 10 per cent of gross domestic product, or half of government spending – for decades. There are widespread doubts whether this has been helpful. Last week there was a conference in Accra, Ghana, to discuss the matter. From the Campaign's point of view, there are two major objections to aid from first world governments to developing countries.

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Where are the Liberal Democrats going?

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The party conference season started with the Liberal Democrats at Bournemouth. Does the party matter anyway? Where is it going? What kind of a party should it aspire to be? European-style social democrats? This implies the adoption of a blend of socialist and market policies informed by - what? Keynesian economics? Green economics? Free market economics? Raw pragamatism? Making it up as they go?
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End to cheap flights will hit land values in holiday areas

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Unstable and rising fuel prices are leading to upheavals in the airline industry, with collapses of large companies such as that which occurred on Thursday becoming more common. This will lead to cuts (or an end) to cheap flights to distant places like Bulgaria and to obscure destinations nearer home. Only a couple of years agon, people were being urged to buy holiday homes in Bulgaria, where prices were fantastically low and on the increase. "Buy while you can" was the slogan. What will they be worth when the cheap flights stop?
 

Do the banks need more regulation?

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Should the banks be subject to more regulation to prevent the problems of the past year? Financial Times journalists Martin Wolf and John Kay have opposing views. Listen to this debate between the two, chaired by the FT's editor, Lionel Barber.
 

Who will pay for Crossrail?

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Articles in the transport press point to the problems caused because there is no proper system of land value taxation in place. This is disussed in relation to Crossrail, which received Royal Assent in July. Who will pay for the £16 billion scheme?
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Labour announces new social equalities panel

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Family background is the most important factor in determining the quality and length of someone's life, Hariett Harman, the Labour deputy leader will say in a speech to the Trades Union Congress today, suggesting that class "overarches" racial and sexual inequalities.
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