Sorry, We Have No Money Britain s Economic Problem book launch

21 October 2010, 6.30pm
2 Lord North Street, Westminster, SW1 (entrance on Great Peter Street)

Sorry, We Have No Money Britain s Economic Problem by Warwick Lightfoot

The Institute of Economic Affairs invites you to attend:

An IEA Book Launch

Sorry, We Have No Money – Britain’s Economic Problem
by Warwick Lightfoot

The event will run from 6:30pm until 8:00pm, with brief remarks from the Author at 7:00pm

“This book is a timely reminder of how little the UK's problems have to do with individual bank failures, recession and the business cycle. Warwick Lightfoot provides a clear and balanced account of the last few decades' dilemmas, controversies and policy choices; and argues convincingly that we should revisit the analysts and analyses of the 1970s as a guide to future action."
Prof Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London

"This is an interesting and timely book. ... All main party politicians are signed up to Mr Lightfoot's direction of travel, so they should look at his book to understand a little more why it might be a good idea to cut the proportion of public spending."
Rt Hon John Redwood MP, Chairman of the Conservative Economic Affairs Committee

The Blair years appeared to mark a watershed in Britain's post-war economic history. The spectre of decline and de-industrialisation faded from view and in their place came a feeling of affluence based on easy and available credit, rising asset prices, the consumer benefits of a strong pound and a government intent on eradicating social inequalities. When the bubble burst in 2008, the harsh truth was left for all to see - the dependence on unsustainable government spending, de-marketised regions, widening skill gaps and the long-term demographic problems caused by an ageing population.

In this new book, Warwick Lightfoot uses the non-technical approach of the political economist to grapple with the economic problems of modern Britain and assesses:

• Why have huge increases in government spending failed to deliver a significant improvement in social welfare?
• Why have thirty years of reform of government spending failed to deliver increased efficiency?
• Do large parts of the UK more closely resemble the economics of the former GDR and Soviet Union than the BRICS?
• What are the steps needed to reform the UK economy?

Warwick Lightfoot is a professional economist with specialist interests in monetary policy, public expenditure, taxation and labour markets. Formerly the economics editor of The European , he was for many years a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and has written for The Financial Times , The Times , Sunday Times , The Daily Telegraph , Sunday Telegraph , and The Guardian . Warwick worked in government as Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1989-92, initially appointed by Nigel Lawson and later reappointed by John Major and Norman Lamont. He is a Councillor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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