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Sorry, We Have No Money - Britain's Economic Problem [Paperback]

Warwick Lightfoot

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20 Oct 2010
In May 2010 the incoming UK Coalition Treasury Secretary was greeted by a light-hearted note from his predecessor, stating 'there is no money.' This message was relayed more seriously to the country that indeed 'we have no money' - a warning of the difficulties to come. A prime challenge to be faced is how to reduce public spending in relation to national income, while achieving a balance between a public sector that provides services that people need and also supports the functioning of a private sector that can finance a generous welfare state. Warwick Lightfoot uses his experience in government and economics to analyse the background to the current situation and sets out the potential for reform in the public sector. He shows that a large public sector can yield significant social and economic benefits, ultimately a wealthier economy with higher living standards and an economy better placed to meet the challenges of an older community in a more competitive world. "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." Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London "All main party politicians are signed up to Mr Lightfoot's direction of travel; they should look to this book to understand why it might be a good idea to cut public spending." John Redwood MP, Chairman of the Conservative Economic Affairs Committee "A very timely book with a wide perspective and good argument." Professor Peter Sinclair, University of Birmingham "The historical causes and possible consequences of Britain's large public sector are the focus of Sorry We Have No Money. The arguments made by Warwick Lightfoot are provocative and well worth reading." Dr Graham Brownlow, Queen's University Belfast

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"Thoughtful and well researched." --Sunday Times, 2010, David Smith, Economics Editor

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

"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 ." --Professor Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College, London

"This publication could hardly be better timed ... Lightfoot is especially persuasive on the damaging effect a large state has had on the economies of the UK's old industrial regions." -- Wall Street Journal, David Cottle

"This is as good an analysis as you will find of the need to reduce the level of Britain's public expenditure, not just to solve the current debt crisis, but in the long term." -- Ben Patterson, former MEP and Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

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arwick 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. His articles on economics and public policy have also been published in specialist journals that range from Financial World, International Economy, and Investors Chronicle to the Times Literary Supplement and the Journal of Insolvency Practitioners.

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 was also Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Employment, the Rt Hon Norman Fowler MP. He is a Councillor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


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