The tax and benefit system is basically broken for couples with children
By Alex Hern - 07 January 11:42

If you wanted to disincentivise work for the poorest, this is how you'd do it.

The superfast lane to nowheresville
By Alex Hern - 07 January 10:18

Are we focusing on the wrong sort of connectivity?

Wind farms and abuse of statistics: bird edition
By Alex Hern - 04 January 15:42

When "wind farms are dangerous" really just means "there are a lot of birds".

Fixing the debt ceiling with a trillion dollar platinum coin
By Alex Hern - 04 January 13:16

Make a silly demand, get a silly concession.

Child benefit withdrawal will make it better to work less for families with over seven children
By Alex Hern - 04 January 11:12

And come 2076, that will be the case for every family in the nation.

Japan "nationalises" industrial stock
By Alex Hern - 03 January 17:08

State capitalism, or unconventional fiscal policy?

Tesco's "indie" coffee shop should worry defenders of capitalism
By Alex Hern - 03 January 14:26

Free markets rely on informed choices, and those seem lacking in the case of Harris + Hoole.

Tesco's "indie" coffee shop should worry defenders of capitalism
By Alex Hern - 03 January 14:26

Free markets rely on informed choices, and those seem lacking in the case of Harris + Hoole.

4G's so last year: why we need 5G, and now
By Rahim Tafazolli - 03 January 12:41

We have a spectrum crunch on our hands, and technology is only just starting to deal with that.

49's the sticking point for French firms
By Alex Hern - 03 January 11:06

Quantifying regulatory burden.

Smaug the dragon's monetary tightening
By Alex Hern - 02 January 13:20

The Hobbit and macroeconomics.

Resource security isn't achieved by locking up commodities
By Dustin Benton - 02 January 12:36

We must strike at the root of resource insecurity, by demateralising our economy where we can.

Austerity averted in US
By Alex Hern - 02 January 10:51

Country hauled back from the fiscal cliff.

Inequality is falling, and for once, Cameron would be right to blame Brown
By Alex Hern - 27 December 12:13

Nothing the Government has done will help equality. That's why they're keeping quiet about it.

Rejoice! It's finally not illegal to rip CDs
By Alex Hern - 20 December 16:33

The Hargreaves review finally makes UK copyright law suitable for 1998.

Guardian teams up with tax-avoiding Amazon. Does it matter?
By Alex Hern - 20 December 12:42

Audible will be providing the Guardian's audiobooks, but a boycott would achieve nothing.

How to lose the battle and win the war for immigration
By Alex Hern - 20 December 11:02

Skilled migration isn't that much better economically – but it's a lot easier to get through politically.

US Treasury to sell stake in General Motors
By Alex Hern - 20 December 8:50

Total loss to be around $6.5bn.

New Statesman
SMF wins at Christmas cards
By Alex Hern - 19 December 11:30

"Retiring Rudolph"

An early Christmas present for Britain's biggest banks: £34bn from taxpayers
By Lydia Prieg - 19 December 8:14

We’re still giving big banks special privileges and they’re still too big to fail, writes Lydia Prieg.

Wonga are blinding critics with science
By Carl Packman - 18 December 15:47

The payday loan company shows off about its algorithm, but lends to the same vulnerable people.

Instagram.
Instagram asserts the right to sell your photos
By Alex Hern - 18 December 8:39

You are not the customer, you are the product.

Argentina wins ship, loses IMF
By Alex Hern - 17 December 15:39

The economic situation in the nation is concerning.

Still true: nobody cares if a country's credit rating gets cut
By Alex Hern - 17 December 12:29

A country's rating gets cut. Do bond yields go up or down? Toss a coin.

There still aren't 120,000 "troubled families"
By Alex Hern - 17 December 11:07

A zombie statistic refuses to die, even as the DCLG helps 3,000 real families.

New Statesman
A big week for money
By Alex Hern - 17 December 8:57

Breakthroughs worldwide.

Don't tax Amazon. Tax Amazon's shareholders
By Alex Hern - 14 December 17:09

Corporations dodge tax. So go for their owners instead.

New Statesman
PMI data reinforces tale of three economies
By Alex Hern - 14 December 15:08

Good, bad, worse in the US, UK and EU.

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