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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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Throw out the myths about Margaret Thatcher | Ken Livingstone

Category : Business

The reality was that Thatcher was neither popular nor successful economically. Labour must make a clean break with her policies

It is a truism that history is written by the victors. As Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies were continued after she left office, culminating in economic catastrophe in 2008, it is necessary to throw out the myths peddled about her. The first is that she was popular. The second is that she delivered economic success.

Unlike previous governments, Thatcher’s never commanded anything close to a majority in a general election. The Tories’ biggest share of the vote under her was less than 44% in 1979, after which her vote fell. The false assertions about her popularity are used to insist that Labour can only succeed by carrying out Tory policies. But this is untrue.

The reason for the parliamentary landslide in 1983 was not Thatcher’s popularity – her share of the vote fell to 42% – but the loss of votes to the defectors of the SDP and their alliance with the Liberals. Labour’s voters did not defect to the Tories, whose long-term decline continued under Thatcher.

Nor did Thatcher deliver economic success, still less “save our country” in David Cameron’s silly and overblown phrase-mongering. In much more difficult circumstances in 1945, the Labour government, despite war debt, set itself the task of economic regeneration, introduced social security and pensions, built hundreds of thousands of homes and created the NHS. In the 31 years before Thatcher came to office the economy grew by about 150%; in the 31 years since, it’s grown by little more than 100%.

Thatcher believed that the creation of 3 million unemployed was a price worth paying for a free market in everything except labour. Thatcher’s great friend Augusto Pinochet used machine guns to control labour, whereas Thatcher used the less drastic means of anti-union laws. But their goal was the same, to reduce the share of working class income in the economy. The economic results were the reason for Thatcher’s falling popularity. As the authors of The Spirit Level point out, the inequality created led to huge social ills, increases in crime, addictions of all kinds and health epidemics including mental health issues.

Thatcher’s destruction of industry, combined with financial deregulation and the “big bang“, began the decline of saving and accumulation of private- and public-sector debt that led directly to the banking crisis of 2008. The idea that bankers would rationally allocate resources for all our benefit was always a huge lie. Now the overwhelming majority are directly paying the price for this failed experiment through the bailout of bank shareholders.

Thatcher was sustained only by one extraordinary piece of luck. Almost the moment she stepped over the threshold of Downing Street the economy was engulfed in an oil bonanza. During her time in office, government oil receipts amounted to 16% of GDP. But instead of using this windfall to boost investment for longer-term prosperity, it was used for tax cuts. Public investment was slashed. By the end of her time in office the military budget vastly exceeded net public investment.

This slump in investment, and the associated destruction of manufacturing and jobs, is the disastrous economic and social legacy of Thatcherism. Production was replaced by banking. House-building gave way to estate agency. The substitute for decent jobs was welfare. Until there is a break with that legacy there can be no serious rebuilding of Britain’s economy.

The current economic crisis is already one year longer than the one Thatcher created in the early 1980s. In effect the policies are the same now, but there is no new oil to come to the rescue.

Labour will win the next election due to the decline in Tory support, which is even lower under Cameron than Thatcher. But Labour must come to office with an economic policy able to rebuild the British economy – which means a clean break with the economic policies of Thatcher. Labour can build an alliance of the overwhelming majority struggling under austerity: a political coalition to redirect resources towards investment and sustainable prosperity using all the available levers of government.

We can succeed by rejecting Thatcherism – the politics and economics of decline and failure.

CORRECTION: Galapagos reports record revenues in 2012, increasing momentum in clinical pipeline

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MECHELEN, BELGIUM–(Marketwire – Mar 8, 2013) – This is a correction of the announcement
from 07:30 08.03.2013 CET. Reason for
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JPMorgan: Don’t blame us for slow recovery

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Economist at JPMorgan says big banks aren’t the reason why lending hasn’t recovered faster. He’s wrong.

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What will happen to stocks if we go over the cliff

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The market might have a good reason to be shrugging off the fiscal cliff.

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If you don’t expect a boom market in the next few years, all the more reason to eke out a few extra points with rebalancing, Jason Zweig notes. It’s not likely to bring much of a windfall, but focusing occasional rebalancing efforts on tax-free…

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If you don’t expect a boom market in the next few years, all the more reason to eke out a few extra points with rebalancing, Jason Zweig notes. It’s not likely to bring much of a windfall, but focusing occasional rebalancing efforts on tax-free holdings could add up to 0.5 points to annual returns. Post your comment!

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Economy ‘shows signs of optimism’

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There is “reason for some optimism” for the UK economy, says the Bank of England’s deputy governor Charlie Bean, but warns against “over-excitement”.

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This column will change your life: Richard Branson, master of the bleeding obvious | Oliver Burkeman

Category : Business

Be innovative, learn to listen, don’t be a bad apple… Mr Virgin shares his business ‘secrets’

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Eastern Platinum Limited: Holdings in Company

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FOR:  EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED
 
TSX, AIM SYMBOL:  ELR
JSE SYMBOL:  EPS

October 17, 2012

Eastern Platinum Limited: Holdings in Company

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2012) - Eastern Platinum Limited (TSX:ELR)(AIM:ELR)(JSE:EPS) ("Eastplats" or the "Company") received notification on 12 October 2012 by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. of the following interests in the ordinary share capital of Eastplats.

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WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp. (TVTV: OTC Link) | WHEREVERTV BROADCASTING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NAMSYMBOL CHANGE

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WhereverTV Broadcasting Corp. (TVTV: OTC Link) | CORRECTION: WHEREVERTV BROADCASTING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SYMBOL CHANGE

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