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[Updated 17.00 with HMT response: see end]
Positive Employee Attitudes: How Much Human Resource Management Do You Need?
Are You Happy While You Work?
Alex Bryson (NIESR and CEP) and George MacKerron (University of Sussex)
Financial crises are like wars; the winners write the history. In the UK the winners are the Treasury and the Bank of England armed with the ultimate weapon of the public purse. There will be no public enquiry into the cause of the crisis or the performance of our public institutions responsible for financial system stability. All this matters because without learning from past mistakes we are condemned to repeat them.
I recently devoted a blog post to an analysis of David Goodhart's claim that people in Whitehall and Westminster made immigration policy on the basis of a view that "the only decent policy is to throw open our doors to all" - an assertion so self-evidently absurd I am still astonished an intelligent person could actually write it down and expect to be taken seriously.
[David Goodhart's response to my blog is now posted below]
David Goodhart here
David Goodhart's book on immigration and the UK, the British Dream, hasn't been released yet. But on what I know (I've discussed these issues with David numerous times and he kindly asked me to read part of the draft) it will have a tremendous amount of sociologically interesting anecdote but a rather selective, at best, reading of the evidence.
Yesterday I spotted a tweet from @ToryTreasury, who describes him/herself as "Official CCHQ voice for all things Treasury".
Ed Miliband's spending plans he repeated today would mean £33bn more borrowing this year - driving the deficit back up to double-digits.
I tweeted back
From Nick Clegg's speech on immigration:
The first substantive line of George Osborne's Budget Speech was:
This Committee published its Report today. For anyone interested who is interested in the future of public services and the welfare state, looking beyond the short-term debate about austerity, it is essential reading - and it is only 10 pages long, although there are extensive annexes setting out the evidence base.
Do migrants, especially those from within the European Union, get a better deal in Britain than they would elsewhere in the EU? My article in the Guardian, here.
Tonight, Ed Miliband will - again - admit that "Labour didn't get it right on immigration", in particular by failing to impose the "maximum transitional controls" on those coming here from the new EU Member States.
[This article originally appeared in Public Finance]
[This article originally appeared in City AM on Friday 1 March]
Tomorrow's immigration statistics (Thursday 28 February) will be pored over for evidence of whether the government is making progress towards its "target" of reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands".