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'Sinking Britain: The Continuing Failure Of Economic Policy' by David E. Bland

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'Sinking Britain: The Continuing Failure Of Economic Policy' by David E. Bland

Post by Stox 16 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:21 pm

In 2006 - along with all the other countries of the 'Atlantic Economy' - Britain was plunged into a severe economic crisis. It led, in 2008, to the nationalisation of major banks and building societies. In subsequent years, the USA has almost restored its economy to its position during 2005; while Britain's national product remains significantly lower, despite vigorous government propaganda which asserts that 'growth' has recommenced. European economies have responded differentially to the disaster, with Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece still embroiled in crisis, while Germany has been very little affected.

The seeds of the crisis were sown in the global finance sector based in London and New York, yet the British government shows no significant awareness that the crisis exposed an even deeper, long-term failure to develop the real economy. This awful situation is recognised widely by the voting public, almost half of whom record their contempt for politics and their disinclination to vote in the next General Election, while having no comprehension of the underlying economic realities that all political parties have ignored for more than half a century.

In their 1972 work, 'Can Britain Survive?', David Bland and Ken Watkins predicted that the policies of constantly increasing benefit dependency, de-industrialisation, and increased government borrowing would undermine the fundamental health of the economy. That prediction has come to pass. The financial crisis of 2006-8 precipitated an awareness that there are fundamental faults in the economy that are far more serious, and longer term, than the financial problems that have been addressed by technical tinkering. More significant is the systematic destruction of the material economy by purblind politicians, with mass non-employment and the vast majority of employment shifted to service activities based on imports and funded by borrowing.

The historic system of political economy has simply been ignored by economists since the invention, in the 1870's, of the pseudo-scientific 'Austrian' or 'Marginalist' scheme of theory. Political economy was not discredited, disproved, or refuted; it was simply brushed aside in favour of essentially simplistic (though mathematically intricate) market models based on a naive concept of 'free trade' that has never existed in the real world. By pushing the argument that more and more 'competition' should be introduced to the economy, with the same dogmatic certainty as First World War generals sending successive thousands of men 'over the top' to face enemy machine-guns, economists have goaded politicians into making ever more ruinous decisions. In ‘SINKING BRITAIN: How to Rescue a Failing Economy’, David Bland unpicks this tragic sequence of events, and proffers possible solutions.

More than forty years of wastage have elapsed since the publication of 'Can Britain Survive?'. Thus the base on which the country can recover is vastly more fragile than in 1972. Yet with the unique positive attributes of the British people still available, albeit diminished due to the ruin of the education system, rescue remains possible. The first step in solving a problem is to understand what the problem is: and that is the primary objective of this new text.
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Post by boatlady on Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:34 pm

I always thought the dismantling of the industrial infrastructure was the single greatest cause of all the problems we've had in the economy - as long as you had a solid class of working people, producing goods that could be sold both at home and abroad, there seemed to be the basis for a comfortable life for all. In my view, the provision of subsidised social housing was a price well worth paying - those miners, shipbuilders, steelworkers and weavers were the backbone of the British economy.

All gone now, and all we seem to have for sale is financial services - which are the cause of the world recession as far as I can see.

I'll get my Kindle out and have a look at this book to see the ray of hope you promise
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Post by Stox 16 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:40 pm

This book is one of those, which grabs your attention! You can not put it down. I am reading this book and I miss the world cup matches but I think this book worth it to read. Recommended for everyone who likes economics books.
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:02 pm

A similar review can be found on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Sinking-Britain-Continuing-Failure-Economic/dp/1495363627

But what do you think now you've read it?
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Re: 'Sinking Britain: The Continuing Failure Of Economic Policy' by David E. Bland

Post by Stox 16 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:50 am

i have explaned why this happened on the other post. but i do agree with this quote myself and have written for amazon in the past on economic books
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Re: 'Sinking Britain: The Continuing Failure Of Economic Policy' by David E. Bland

Post by Stox 16 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:53 am

oftenwrong wrote:A similar review can be found on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Sinking-Britain-Continuing-Failure-Economic/dp/1495363627

But what do you think now you've read it?

its a first class read and i have already said why i used the amazon quote. sorry about that.. but still a great read and all should try and read it too
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