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Michael Taft     @notesonthefront

Michael Taft is an economic analyst and trade unionist. He is author of the Notes of the Front blog and a member of the TASC Economists’ Network.


Stating the facts again .... and again

Michael Taft 10/05/2011

Michael Taft: Apologies for going over this ground again but if employers’ organisations insist on misrepresenting the issues, we have to keep …

Full steam nowhere?

Michael Taft 06/05/2011

Michael Taft: Sometimes we get a set of numbers which leaves us guessing. In some cases, we have someone who can give some insight. On the face of …

Those who live by the bond yield ...

Michael Taft 21/04/2011

Michael Taft: Remember all those comments in the days following the latest bank-bailout? How the markets had sent positive signals? That confidence …

Guess-the-speaker

Michael Taft 14/04/2011

Michael Taft: "Just as we managed to tame inflation in the 1980s, this decade should be the one that takes full employment seriously once again . . . …

Affordable, manageable and sustainable

Michael Taft 04/04/2011

Michael Taft: Some commentary has suggested that Black Thursday wasn’t all that bad; in particular the bail-out won’t add much to our general …

Here we go again

Michael Taft 22/03/2011

Michael Taft: It’s open season on public sector workers again. The Sunday Independent has a front-page shock-horror headline – €1bn pay rise …

A life of luxury on the dole

Michael Taft 15/03/2011

Michael Taft: Every now and then we get an outbreak of misinformed commentary and calculations on the income relationship between work and social …

How not to read taxation statistics

Michael Taft 09/03/2011

Michael Taft: Michael Hennigan over at Finfacts is worried that Irish taxation will reach high Danish levels by 2014. He shouldn’t be (though if …

The murky world of Exchequer statistics

Michael Taft 03/03/2011

Michael Taft: I don’t want to pre-empt An Saoi’s more informed analysis of Exchequer returns, but there are some real issues emerging even at …

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