This event was organised at Church House in Westminster to launch the Interim Report of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice.
The conference room is decorated by a plaque to commemorate the war years when Churchill appealed to the “proudest assertion of British freedom and the expression of an unquestionable national will.” – Is that alive in today’s globalised world?
Tom Kibasi, the IPPR Director, gave the introduction.
- he assumes that the economy is politically led [if politics = power, then yes];
- ‘economic justice‘ is the idea for the vision of the Commission;
- fresh thinking is required along these principles:
- stronger institutional foundations;
- more competitive, innovative;
- wiring the economy for justice.
Michael Jacobs presented the findings of the report,
Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens on the panel, made 2 recommendations:
- smart government interventions;
- cross party approach with technological approach.
Sally Tallant gave her views as the Director of the Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art:
- London is NOT the norm!
- But we need to come to London to raise money…
- Liverpool has declined from 800,000 to just over 475,000 in population!
We need Creative Centres of Excellence, also to benefit from the Third Age!
What kind of shift of power would she like to see?
- Incentivised relocation
- Radical re-invention of what Government looks like!
- funding remains a challenge;
- life cycles of companies need to be thought about;
- we have acquisition opportunities in Europe as well! Currently, companies are shifting to the US!
Bim Afolami MP gave a most comprehensive ‘vote of confirmation’. His comments focussed on:
- productivity and the geographical imbalance;
- Government needs to look at FISCAL as well as MONETARY policy in a new way!
- Who owns shares?
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP is the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She echoed the quality of the report and emphasised:
- short termism;
- the nature of share holder ownership which is only 4 – 7 months!
- we have indeed a British economic MUDDLE, as the report describes.
What difference our Layering method to visualise multi-dimensional data will make to analysing economic data to underpin the argument for #EconomicJustice!
May more and more people wake up to what we studied with the Forum for Stable Currencies!
“Somebody finally gets it here!”