Daily View 2×2: 25 January 2010

Happy Monday morning, everyone. Let’s get straight down to business …

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here’s are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

  • “Change”: deliberate, disingenuous, dangerous deception (Jock Coats)

    There can be no “change” whilst the wheels of State rumble on. Changing how the State is run for a few years does not alter the fundamentally evil reasons for which “State” was invented and which it continues to pursue, inevitably.

  • Broken Britain is sadly a reality for many (Lisa Harding)

    Whilst I don’t always agree with most of the comments of my Conservative friends, I am drawn to admit that their comments that society in Britain is broken in some ways is actually more accurate than some of us would like to admit.

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

The end of the recession is officially here

No matter that the economy is groaning under the weight of debt, with a public sector jobs squeeze still to come, the worst recession in 90 years ends tomorrow. Here’s how The Independent reports it:

The worst recession since the 1930s should be officially declared over tomorrow. Economists are almost certain that the Office for National Statistics will reveal that the UK’s economy grew by about 0.3 per cent in the last three months of last year, leaving Britain the final major economy to have emerged from recession. Gross domestic product (GDP) is 6 per cent below its 2008 peaks.

An apparent rush to the shops to beat the increase in VAT on 1 January, the Government’s vehicle-scrappage scheme, and a revival of exports are thought to be boosting output. The widely anticipated announcement will mark the end of 18 months of continuous economic decline that has cost the economy £100bn in lost output, and has seen 1.3 million workers made redundant and 50,000 families lose their homes through repossession. Last year was the worst year for the British economy since 1921.

Carry on working, says Equality and Human Rights Commission

The BBC reports:

People should be allowed to work beyond the age of 65 and with more flexible hours, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said. In the UK a worker can see their employment end at 65, even if they do not want to retire.

The commission wants ministers to scrap the retirement age, saying it is out of date and discriminates against people who want to carry on working. The government has promised a review of the law.

A long overdue end to outdated discrimination? Or yet another way of exacerbating inter-generational inequality, with younger people finding it harder to get their foot on the job ladder?

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  • It is hard to see that it is as simple as that Jock.

    How do we stop taxing jobs? What do we do about the shortfall in taxation?

    How do we know that taxing jobs will help?

  • Okay. What country has moved taxation to land value taxation and achieved the jobs benefit you project?

    Models are fine but we have to see if they work in practise

  • Matthew Huntbach 28th Jan '10 - 9:45am


    Well, aside from the fact that there would be more people in work and therefore less of a shortfall anyway, the whole point is that you stop taxing productive things like work and start taxing properly economically neutral things like land values.

    Yes, but that would require the state to determine what these land values are, and to collect the tax, by force if necessary, and then to redistribute it. But this is what you wrote about the state in your article:

    The State was created in order to enable the political means of fulfilling the needs of one group by exploiting another. It has always done this. It continues to do this to this day. There is no evidence in human history that it can do any other.

    So by what you have written there is no evidence that the state can do what you want it to do. If land value taxation were proposed, anyone making money from land value would throw back your very words and say “Your insistence that I should have tax forcibly taken from me just because I own land is just the evil State taking money from me and giving it to lazy people who can’t work hard to buy property as I (or my parents) have”.

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