Morality: the new way to understand economic decisions

Balancing act. William Potter/Shutterstock There is no one way of understanding the bases of, or justification for, austerity. If there was, there wouldn’t be such voracious debate around the topic. A recent televised discussion provides a perfect example of this. In it, Labour National Forum’s Grace Blakeley drew an analogy with a business that fails …

Bitcoin turns ten – here’s how it all started and what the future might hold

Sashkin / Shutterstock A mysterious, anonymous entity known as “Satoshi Nakamoto” posted a white paper on October 31 2008 entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. It was the first time that the concept of Bitcoin entered the world. But outside of the cypherpunk mailing lists – those promoting the use of privacy-enhancing technology – …

UK Budget 2018: experts respond

Philip Hammond has delivered his third budget as the UK’s chancellor of the exchequer. It is the final budget before the UK leaves the EU. Here our panellists give their take on what it means for the UK economy. Stay tuned for further updates and follow @ConversationUK on Twitter. The end of austerity? Craig Berry, …

Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness

PongMoji/Shutterstock.com One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. And according to recent research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, two thirds of children in poverty live in a working family. …

Davos in the desert: businesses are right to put principles before profit and pull out of Saudi investment conference

Fedor Selivanov / Shutterstock.com Siemens chief, Joe Kaeser has pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, dubbed “Davos in the Desert”, amid outrage at the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Speaking on CNN, he said: “We are the ones who need to fix the issues … We are the ones who …

What to Do When Someone Steals Your Blog Content

The post What to Do When Someone Steals Your Blog Content appeared first on ProBlogger. This post is based on Episode 108 of the ProBlogger podcast. One day, you come across someone else’s blog online that has surprisingly familiar content. Very familiar content. Yours, in fact! In most cases, they’ll have taken entire posts for your blog …

Will Theresa May really end austerity? Some questions you need to ask yourself

The UK has had eight years of cuts to public services. 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com Theresa May has promised to end austerity. The announcement by Britain’s prime minister raises a number of questions – not least how her party plans to finance it. This will, perhaps, be made more clear at the upcoming budget on …

Philip Morris anti-smoking ads slammed for hypocrisy – and it’s easy to see why

Away with you. Stas Walenga/Shutterstock A new advertising campaign from tobacco giant Philip Morris has drawn accusations of hypocrisy from official health bodies even though it advocates giving up smoking. ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) echoed the sentiment, describing the company’s press ads – which including a wrap around of a daily newspaper – …

Brexit has already hurt EU and non-EU exports by up to 13% – new research

Exports have slowed since Brexit. Ian_Stewart / Shutterstock.com Over the past few months, we have been investigating how the vote of June 23 2016 has since affected the volumes and patterns of Britain’s trade with major trading partners inside and outside the European Union. By comparing trade flows with a model of what UK trade …

Danske Bank: the story of Europe’s biggest money laundering scandal

It is clear that Danske Bank has failed to live up to its responsibility in the case of possible money laundering in Estonia. So said Thomas Borgen, CEO of Denmark’s biggest financial institution, when he resigned after admitting that around €200 billion of questionable money flowed through the Danish bank’s Estonian branch from 2007-15. To …