Abby Innes

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    The dismantling of the State since the 1980s: Brexit is the wrong diagnosis of a real crisis

The dismantling of the State since the 1980s: Brexit is the wrong diagnosis of a real crisis

Abby Innes writes that the vote to leave the EU and the administrative chaos around it pull into focus the crisis we should have been talking about before: the failures of homegrown neoliberal policies and their dire implications. She argues that while Brexit has been heralded by supporters as a solution to a number of problems, what it will […]

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    Why the Conservatives may not be the party of sound finances after all

Why the Conservatives may not be the party of sound finances after all

The 2017 Conservative Manifesto promised “a strong economy built on sound public finances”. In this third and final article on the political economy of that manifesto, Abby Innes explains why the Conservative Party has, over its years in government, demonstrated a poor understanding of what free markets actually require.

The Conservative Manifesto promises it will be the party of sound […]

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    The economy and the Conservative manifesto: economic imagination in a time warp

The economy and the Conservative manifesto: economic imagination in a time warp

Abby Innes offers the second in a short series of articles on the political economy of the manifesto. Here she considers how the party’s economic strategy is made up of incompatible ideas and paradoxes.

“A strong economy built on sound public finances, low taxes, better regulation and free trade deals with markets around the world…a new deal for ordinary, […]

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    The political economy of the Conservative Manifesto: a hallucinatory celebration of the state

The political economy of the Conservative Manifesto: a hallucinatory celebration of the state

The 2017 Conservative Manifesto opens with the statement that “now more than ever, Britain needs a clear plan”. In the spirit of due diligence, Abby Innes offers the first in a short series of articles on the political economy of the manifesto. Here she considers how the party’s strategy towards the state compares with reality.
“We need a state that […]