Summer CS Forums: Social security and automation; Richard Murphy on a Green New Deal for Scotland
Sean Bell speaks to Mark Ruskell from the Scottish Greens and Craig Dalzell from the Common Weal about what needs to happen for a Green New Deal for Scotland to go from rhetoric to reality
A LITTLE over a month ago, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stood before the STUC conference in Dundee and announced her commitment to a “Scottish green deal”, vowing to deliver a carbon-neutral society that would encompass every community in Scotland.
Richard Murphy: “What we actually have here is…an admission that the government can create money at will. So the 'magic money tree' exists, as a matter of fact.”
A LETTER from the Economic Secretary of the Treasury has confirmed that the government does not need to raise money from taxation to fund government spending, leading to advocates of increased public investment to declare “the magic money tree exists, as a matter of fact”.
Richard Murphy, professor of practise in International Political Economy at City University of London and tax expert, gives his verdict on tax in the Growth Commission
THE Scottish Growth Commission report is intended to provoke discussion. I am not enamoured by its suggestions on either monetary or fiscal economic policy, but what if the related issue of taxation, on which subject I wrote a White Paper for Common Weal last year.
In para 3.58 the report says:
Christine Cooper and Richard Murphy both argue that the big four accountancy firms had proved themselves unreliable in signing off corporate balance sheets in a way that accurately assesses risk
ACCOUNTANCY experts have told CommonSpace that the Scottish Government should act on the findings of a new UK Parliamentary Committee report which called for the break up of the big four accountancy firms in light of its failures in the collapse of project management firm Carillion in January.
Conservative MP John Redwood has said that he no longer worries about the state deficit
JOHN REDWOOD, the Conservative MP for Wokingham and former Secretary of State for Wales under John Major, has contradicted the long-standing Tory rationale for the austerity measures applied to the UK economy since 2010.
Tax economist Professor Richard Murphy spoke at Common Weal’s Housekeeping Scotland Convention on 8 October about tax and housing inequality. Watch the video of his speech, and read the notes the speech was based on below (first published on Richard’s blog Tax Research UK)
CommonSpace rounds up a selection of reactions to the new Programme for Government from commentators, trade unions, campaign groups and the third sector.
THE NEW PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT has unveiled a raft of policies, some surprising and some long planned.
A new Common Weal tax paper proposes radical future for Scotland
THINK tank Common Weal has launched a new report as part of its White Paper Project for an independent Scotland, entitled ‘A Scottish Tax System: Imagining the Future’.
Richard Murphy argues for an independent Scotland’s tax policy to be effective a Scottish currency is needed from “day one”
AN independent Scotland can create a fair and effective tax system if it overhauls the UK approach to taxation, renowned tax expert Richard Murphy argues in a new paper for Common Weal, the most comprehensive of its type to date.