One in seven families with disabled children are going without meals. Photo: Getty
Indignation at stories of “rejected” disabled children masks the harm done by government cuts
By Frances Ryan - 26 August 17:09

Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.

Female professionals earn 35% less than male colleagues
By Lucy Fisher - 19 August 10:00

Women now face worse gender pay discrimination during the second half of their careers.

Many Iraqis fled from Mosul when Isis swept in, but why have some supported the group?
Why is there Sunni Arab support for Isis in Iraq?
By Lucy Fisher - 15 August 11:30

Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones.
The Lib Dems' tax cut plans won't help the poorest
By Tim Stacey - 14 August 17:12

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones. 

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters.
Falling wages show why the Tories aren't benefiting from the return of growth
By George Eaton - 13 August 10:32

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters. 

Putin is in international disgrace - the west must make him feel it
Any financial loss to Britain mustn’t obscure the aim of sanctions on Russia
By Robert Macquarie - 04 August 13:19

The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand. 

Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him
By Lucy Fisher - 31 July 16:38

Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU?

A mourner grieves for her relative, missing and presumed dead, at the scene of the April 24 Rana Plaza garment building collapse.
Matalan have bowed to pressure over Rana Plaza, but the campaign goes on
By Jim Murphy and Alison McGovern - 31 July 15:32

The campaign to aid victims hit by the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory last year has produced results, but decent working conditions for all is still a long way off.

Two Britains: a gulf separates the poor from the "squeezed but safe". Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Life after crash: why have hard times made us harsher?
By Tom Clark - 30 July 15:00

In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009. 

Mortgage repayments could double for some London homeowners if rates rise.
Homeowners beware: Boris’s vision for the London economy
By Andrew Dismore - 25 July 11:49

What would a rate rise mean for Londoners? London Labour Assembly member Andrew Dismore warns homeowners of soaring mortgage repayments, defaults and repossessions.

If sex work is work, then sex workers are workers. Photo: Getty
Sex work is work: exploding the “sex trafficking” myth
By Margaret Corvid - 07 July 16:45

With the freedom to work, organise and fight, sex workers will end coercion in the trade.

The Gezi Park protests drew millions on to the streets of Turkey's cities. Photo: Getty
Rise (and fall) of “the rest”: what China, India, Brazil and Turkey tell us about the world today
By Ian Bremmer - 04 July 11:15

Given that developing countries face vastly different challenges with vastly different capacities to respond, we must stop thinking of them as members of a single club.

It's Grim Up North: Newcastle's Tyne Bridge in 1928
When it comes to arts spending, it’s London vs the rest of the UK
By Beth Lambert - 02 July 18:33

In the latest arts budget, 47 per cent of spending will go to London-based organisations – why does the capital’s cultural excellence have to come at the expense of projects everywhere else?

Private sector job creation in London versus the rest of the UK: confusion over the facts
Sorting fact from fiction: jobs in London vs. rest of UK
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 13:18

Labour is claiming today that 8 out of 10 new private sector jobs created since 2010 have been in London; the Tories say 3 out of 4 of them have been created outside the capital. Which is it?

Chancellor George Osborne
Merging income tax and NIC: the Chancellor's calculations
By Lucy Fisher - 30 June 11:07

The proposed plan could increase pressure for tax cuts and undermine the contributory principle.

Illustration by Sonia Roy/Colagene.com
Fishing with dynamite: the big competition myth
By Margaret Heffernan - 26 June 10:00

Is it time to relinquish fantasies of winning in exchange for the greater prize of shared progress?

No matter the political situation, it's always the economics that triumphs in the end. Photo: Getty
The best currency for an independent Scotland would be Norway’s kronor
By Piotr Marek Jaworski - 18 June 17:10

If Scotland votes for independence, it will create a completely different economic context for the two new countries that emerge.

Low's caricature of Keynes for the New Statesman, 1933
Paul Mason: what would Keynes do?
By Paul Mason - 12 June 10:00

The revolution in IT and how it is transforming our world in ways that even economists are struggling to understand.

The last thing we need is oligarchs’ money flooding into Britain
By Felix Martin - 29 May 10:00

Felix Martin explores the question of Russian capital flight to London.

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent.
"Tax Freedom Day" comes earlier for the rich than the poor
By John Hood - 28 May 9:53

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent. 

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.
The Pfizer / AstraZeneca takeover bid – the story of what Labour did and why
By Chuka Umunna - 27 May 10:25

We were not prepared to allow Britain's valuable science base to be put at risk for narrow, short-term gains.

Piketty’s theory—right or wrong—is largely unaffected by these results.
That big Financial Times story on errors in Piketty's data is overrated
By Danny Vinik - 26 May 19:17

Piketty’s theory – right or wrong – is largely unaffected by these results.

Piketty speaking at UC Berkeley's economics department, April 2014. Photo: Getty Images
“Marx? I never really managed to read it” – an interview with Thomas Piketty
By Isaac Chotiner - 06 May 10:34

An interview with the left’s rock star economist, author of the smash hit Capital in the Twenty-First Century. 

The uncomfortable truth is that for most people, the recovery hasn't even begun.
UK economy grows by 0.8% - but how many are feeling it?
By George Eaton - 29 April 10:11

The uncomfortable truth is that for most people, the recovery hasn't even begun. 

Do women really need extra help managing their money?
By Sophie McBain - 25 April 12:01

A Financial Times columnist has written a book of financial advice for “independent women”.

the New York Stock Exchange reopens after the Easter holiday, 21 April. Photo: Getty
HFT: the latest scam devised by Wall Street and the City
By Felix Martin - 25 April 10:00

Felix Martin discusses Flash Boys by the American financial writer Michael Lewis, which examines high-frequency trading (HFT).

Two children sitting at workstations in 1963. Photo: Getty
Why do our offices make us so miserable?
By Juliet Lapidos - 23 April 13:50

The unhappy history of the workplace.

The chained fist of the statue celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the US. Photo: Getty
Much of Britain's wealth is built on slavery. So why shouldn't it pay reparations?
By Priyamvada Gopal - 23 April 10:09

The benefits of slavery have accrued down the generations, so why are we so nervous about the responsibility for the slave trade doing the same?

For most, there is still no recovery at all.
Why the Tories can't declare that the living standards crisis is over
By George Eaton - 16 April 10:08

Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all. 

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