Author Archives: Tony Yates

Brexit was not really a neoliberal project, whatever that is

Simon Wren Lewis argues in a recent post that Brexit was a ‘neoliberal project’.  That the driving force was a form of free-market utopianism. I have doubts about the project of diganosing Brexit as a neoliberal project. For starters, there … Continue reading

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Will Ireland back down over the border?

I discussed this briefly with ‘Oscar D Torson’ on Twitter. It must be the hope of the government and all Brexiters that this is what happens – Ireland backing down.  With no modification of the united EU and Ireland position, … Continue reading

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Will the Fed Trump the President or vice versa?

Donald Trump has been at it again, criticising the Fed over its policy of gradually normalising interest rates.  Commentators are wondering what exactly the Fed will do in response. Some worry that the Fed will cave in;  and indeed interpret … Continue reading

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Did I just accidentally blog about the validity of a radical centrist party in the UK?

Simon Wren Lewis is sure that a centre party formed by frustrated right-wing Labour MPs is a terrible idea.  Why?  Because it would split the left of centre vote and make it  more likely that a Conservative government held onto … Continue reading

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Je ne Bregret rien

Am I missing something, or are there very few or no prominent Brexiteers changing their minds about the benefits of Brexit? I find it extraordinary that there are not more. Opinion polls have shifted somewhat against.  But politicians and commentators … Continue reading

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Was poor post crisis macro performance all central banks’ fault?

Martin Sandbu’s column excoriates central banks for post financial crisis macroeconomic performance.  He is right about a lot of things, so I am sure – and hope – his broadside is taken seriously. But I don’t think he is right … Continue reading

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How big a deal is No Deal? We have no idea.

Exiting the EU without a deal having previously been inconceivable, some among the Brexit ultras are trying to present it as an alternative preferable to the negotiating position agreed at the Prime Minister’s Chequers meeting, or whatever the EU might … Continue reading

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