Austerity

Austerity, Austerity there’s nothing like Austerity,

There never was a word of such deceitfulness and calumny!

(Apologies to T.S. Eliot!)

Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winning economist with a host of professorships to his name. He has written 20 books on economics. He is also left leaning and turns up in odd places for an academic including a cameo role in the film Get Him to the Greek and in a song by Loudon Wainwright 111. According to Krugman, Gordon Brown and his party were unfairly blamed for the late-2000s financial crisis. He has also praised the former British Prime Minister, whom he described as “more impressive than any US politician” after a three-hour conversation with him.  Krugman asserted that Brown “defined the character of the worldwide financial rescue effort” and urged British voters not to support the opposition Conservative Party in the 2010 General Election, arguing their Party Leader David Cameron “has had little to offer other than to raise the red flag of fiscal panic. Though why the flag was red remains a mystery.

His article in the Guardian today makes for fascinating reading. Entitled The Austerity Delision, the article tries to demolish the accepted wisdom that austerity works. Read it for yourself and come to your own conclusions

Austerity, Austerity there’s nothing like Austerity,

It’s a fiend in Osborne shape, a monster of depravity

(More apologies to T.S. Eliot!)

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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