Articles tagged: economics

Credit crunch contrition from the commentariat

April 29, 2009

This morning an Editorial Intelligence (EI) briefing on ‘The Credit Crunch Commentariat‘ debated whether the media had talked us into recession or had downplayed the crisis and thus exacerbated its impact. “What, pray, is all the fuss about?” wrote Ex Economist editor, Bill Emmott, in the Guardian in August 2008. “Unemployment is down, the economy is growing. If we call this financial meltdown, we’ve been leading pretty gilded lives.” (The Economist also unequivocably supported Bush and the Iraq invasion). Times columnist and Illuminatus Emeritus, Anatole Kaletsky, ‘confidently predicted’ in January... More

A bankrupt budget for a bankrupt country, from a badger and a pixie

April 23, 2009

I can’t be bothered to go into detail about the UK budget, other than to say that fat man and his friend the badger have taken us all to Carey St. It’s our fault for letting loonies run the country into the ground. Or am I being a tad too harsh again? This is NOT a ‘budget for jobs’ as Treasury Secretary Yvette Cooper – who took over the job, on merit, of course, from her husband Ed Balls – himself married to Gordon Brown, claimed with absolutely no supporting... More

Call me Ishmael, but I’m pleased that the Japanese whaling fleet missed its quota

April 15, 2009

I’m no Cousteau, as you will plainly see from this article, but it has come to my attention that several species of the world’s fish stocks are running close to extinction. The success of the whaling moratorium serve as an example that positive action can lead to permanent results. Over Easter it was announced that the Japanese whaling fleet had only achieved 68% of its target of killing 950 Minke whales ands 50 Fin whales, ‘for research purposes.’ Activist groups such as Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Whale and Dolphin... More