Politics

Elgin marbles targeted in Greek solidarity protest in British Museum

Members of the campaign groups Global Justice Now [1] and Jubilee Debt Campaign [2] have this morning unfurled a banner at the ‘Elgin Marbles’ in the British Museum with the slogan "OXI No – No More Looting – Support Greece"

Mark Rylance & Juliet Stevenson amongst artists uniting to oppose TTIP

Today sees the launch of the Artists Against TTIP initiative with a number of actors, musicians, writers and producers attending a lunchtime event at the Young Vic theatre to discuss rising opposition to the controversial free trade deal

CHART OF THE WEEK: Greek Bank Deposits

Summary:

Last week, while discussions over a possible Greek bailout agreement were stalling, the Bank of Greece quietly released their monthly figures for bank deposits.

Airports Commission Recommends Heathrow Airport Expansion

Heathrow has said that it will work with the Government to deliver the airport expansion for all of Britain after the Airports Commission gave a clear recommendation that “the best answer is to expand Heathrow’s runway capacity”.

Are the Troika and Germany seeking a smaller Eurozone?

The Troika, with support from the German government, could be trying to force Greece out of the Euro, the boss of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations says it can be argued.

Courier Boss Calls For Revamp of Fuel Duty as Fluctuations Wreak Havoc

Constant fluctuations in fuel prices are making it increasingly difficult for transport businesses to operate, with public sector contracts most at risk, an industry veteran has warned.

UK 2015 quarter one GDP figure revised upwards

The latest revision to the UK GDP figures from the ONS show that growth in the first quarter of 2015 was estimated at 0.4 percent, up by 0.1 percent on the initial estimate of 0.3 percent.

Thousands of women are criminalised needlessly, MPs and peers find

Thousands of women in England and Wales are criminalised needlessly every year, an influential panel of MPs and peers supported by the Howard League for Penal Reform reports today (Tuesday 30 June).

TheCityUK’s EU reform agenda: detailed proposals for a competitive Europe

TheCityUK will underline the strategic importance of the UK’s continued membership of a reformed EU and set out its proposals for creating a more competitive, outward looking Europe

Stuck – a speech by Andy Haldane

In a speech at the Open University tomorrow, The Bank of England’s Chief Economist, Andy Haldane will explore why interest rates in advanced economies have got “stuck” and how policymakers should respond.

Councils forced to step up bankruptcy actions against council tax defaulters

· More local authorities chasing debts as council tax debts reach £2.5bn

· But loss of bankruptcy option looms for local authorities

An increasing number of local authorities are being forced to step up bankruptcy actions against council tax defaulters

Independence and Responsibility: Observations from External Member of the MPC Martin Weale

In a speech given at the Thomas Guggenheim Conference [1] in Geneva on Sunday 28 June, Martin Weale outlined the importance of the independence and accountability of individual members of the
Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) for monetary policymaking in the UK.