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Weekly Economics Podcast: Finding hope during and after the pandemic

2 days ago

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Finding hope during and after the pandemic
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by researcher and author, Christine Berry and Farzana Khan, executive director and co-founder of Healing Justice London

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
01 December 2020

Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump to win the US election. Test results from around the world suggest that a coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon. Over the past month there have been more bright spots than usual in a difficult, painful year. At the same time, with the number of coronavirus deaths at their highest since May, many

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Should we work less after the pandemic?

17 days ago

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Should we work less after the pandemic?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Alfie Stirling, NEF Director of Research and Chief Economist, and NEF Principal Fellow Anna Coote

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
16 November 2020

Setting up a desk area in the kitchen, Zoom call-induced headaches, or getting furloughed and paid to not do any work — this year has shaken up the world of work like never before. The pandemic has made us reimagine how work fits into our economy and our lives.
So, with 79% of business leaders and nearly two-thirds of the public open to bringing in a

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Should we shake up taxes to recover from the pandemic?

27 days ago

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Should we shake up taxes to recover from the pandemic?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Robert Palmer, executive director of Tax Justice UK and Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor at the New Statesman

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
06 November 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that Britain faces new tax rises in the wake of the pandemic. But over the summer Labour’s shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds warned against increasing taxes during an economic crisis. Meanwhile, new research has found that increasing numbers of Tory voters are in favour of higher taxes.
So, what do

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This is your brain on neoliberalism

October 26, 2020

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This is your brain on neoliberalism
If you can’t afford to buy a new car or pay your rent, it’s your own fault – that’s what neoliberalism tells us. No wonder we’re in the midst of a mental health crisis.

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
26 October 2020

This is an article from the second issue of the New Economics Zine. You can read the full issue here
In 2006, Australian television writer and producer Rhona Byrne released The Secret, a DVD closely followed by a 268-page book with the tagline ​“Feel good. Change your life.” The Secret is based on the ​‘law of attraction’, which, she argues, all the great

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Weekly Economics Podcast: the US election narrative war

October 23, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: the US election narrative war
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by communications expert and principle at ASO Communications, Anat Shenker-Osario

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
23 October 2020

The US presidential election is less than a fortnight away — and Donald Trump and Joe Biden are pulling out all the stops to get the votes. But after a chaotic debate forced moderators to cut the candidates’ mics to stop them interrupting each other, it’s hard to get a grip on what messages they’re trying to get across.
How have the different campaigns been selling themselves? Will

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Weekly Economics Podcast: What’s going on with Brexit?

October 16, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: What’s going on with Brexit?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Marley Morris, Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU relations at IPPR

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
16 October 2020

Brexit — remember it? Way back in the distant past of 2019 it felt like it was all the newspapers could talk about. It might feel like it’s done and dusted, but the process is still rumbling on.
We’ve got an Internal Market Bill that the government itself admits will break international law. MPs just voted through a Bill refusing to guarantee food and farming standards after we leave

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Is competition killing us?

October 6, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Is competition killing us?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Michelle Meagher, author of new book, Competition is Killing Us and Grace Blakeley, staff writer at Tribune

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
06 October 2020

Our track-and-trace system will be ​“world-beating”. The development of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is ​“months ahead” of its competitors around the world.
This is how politicians and the media have been talking about our lines of defence against the coronavirus pandemic. But when facing up to a global problem that connects us all, why is competition the only

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Can unions transform the economy?

September 25, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Can unions transform the economy?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Unions Renewed authors Alice Martin and Annie Quick

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
25 September 2020

Amid the coronavirus crisis, the number of people becoming members of a union has skyrocketed. Unison reported 65,000 new members since the start of the year, and in the last six months, 50,000 people have joined the National Education Union. The TUC worked with the chancellor to create the furlough scheme, and teaching unions were partly responsible for the government U‑turn over face masks in schools.
It

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Covid-19 and global capitalism

August 14, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Covid-19 and global capitalism
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Dr Tobias Franz, Lecturer in Economics at SOAS and Shreya Nanda, Economist at IPPR

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
14 August 2020

It’s a cliche by now to say that Covid-19 has upended our economy. Industries have ground to a halt, and are only just beginning to start up again. Just this week the UK plunged into recession, with the worst drop in GDP of any G7 nation.
But what about outside the G7? How have the effects of Covid ricocheted around the global economy?
In the last few episodes we’ve heard how

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Weekly Economics Podcast: How do we win a green recovery?

August 7, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: How do we win a green recovery?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by NEF Head of Environment and the Green Transition, Chaitanya Kumar and Fatima Zahra-Ibrahim co-director of Green New Deal UK

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
07 August 2020

We’re facing two global crises. We have scientific evidence for how to deal with both of them, but governments aren’t acting quickly enough. They both show how we are all more connected than we previously thought. And to tackle them will require massive changes in how we run our economy.
The first problem is Covid-19. The other, though it’s

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Where does conservatism go next?

July 31, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Where does conservatism go next?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by NEF CEO Miatta Fahnbulleh and Director of Research & Advocacy at Common Wealth Miriam Brett

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
31 July 2020

For most of the last decade, the Conservative government has said they want to cut government spending to balance the books as they rolled out austerity nationwide. But since the start of lockdown, something seems to have changed. The chancellor keeps saying ​“this is not the time for ideology” as he announces new, expensive schemes to keep the economy afloat.
So — what’s

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Can we avoid a tsunami of job losses?

July 22, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Can we avoid a tsunami of job losses?
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by NEF’s Alfie Stirling and Nikki Pound, TUC Policy and Campaigns Support Officer

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
22 July 2020

It feels like every day there are new dire predictions of the state of the UK economy and jobs. Last week we discovered that the number of paid employees in Britain has plunged by 650,000 since the start of the pandemic. As the furlough scheme winds down, the Office for Budget Responsibility says 1.4 million furloughed people are at risk of unemployment. And almost a third of

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Do police and prisons keep us safe?

July 14, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: Do police and prisons keep us safe?
Ayeisha is joined by Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper, research associate in sociology at the University of Greenwich and board member of the Monitoring Group

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
14 July 2020

At the end of June Keir Starmer said of Black Lives Matter protesters in an interview: ​“Nobody should be saying anything about defunding the police.” At the same time, the UK government announced four new prisons. Olympic athlete Bianca Williams has said she felt like ​“being black is a crime” after she was stopped and handcuffed by police while

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Weekly Economics Podcast: The Hostile Environment during coronavirus

July 3, 2020

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Weekly Economics Podcast: The Hostile Environment during coronavirus
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by the JCWI’s Zoe Gardner and Akram Salhab from Migrants Organise

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Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
03 July 2020

The end of June marked the anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush Generation in the UK, and sparked renewed conversations about the Hostile Environment. It’s been reported that UK immigration policies have stopped migrants from getting healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite a government exemption from immigration checks and fees. Just this week, MPs passed a new immigration bill

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