Posts by Michael Taft


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.

Ireland's financing alternatives - the EFSF

Michael Taft, Tom McDonnell 24/04/2012

Tom McDonnell and Michael Taft: In our first post, we outlined some of Ireland’s financing alternatives; namely through the IMF and the European …

Responding to the Minister

Michael Taft 12/04/2012

Michael Taft: The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, has responded to the open letter signed by 39 economists, social …

Welcome to the inequality cycle

Michael Taft 28/03/2012

Michael Taft: We are now starting to get data to assess just who in society is getting hit and who is getting by. Of course, we know about …

Ireland's funding options: Time to end the 'race-to-disaster' debate

Michael Taft, Tom McDonnell 20/03/2012

Tom McDonnell & Michael Taft: Even before the wording has been published and a referendum date named there is one issue that looks set to …

Cleaning up the debate

Michael Taft 13/03/2012

Michael Taft: In Saturday’s Irish Times Stephen Collins wrote: ‘Far from outlawing Keynesian economics, what the treaty seeks to do is to put an …

The EU-IMF Deal Does Not Require Privatisation

Michael Taft 22/02/2012

Michael Taft: Whatever about the case-by-case merits of the Government’s announcement today regarding the sell-off of state assets, we should be …

26 into one won't go

Michael Taft 26/01/2012

Michael Taft: Media outlets are reporting a new crackdown on the unemployed. Apparently, the Department of Social Protection intends to introduce new …

If we don't talk about it, nothing bad will happen

Michael Taft 17/01/2012

Michael Taft: It is frustrating that so much debate about the economy is informed by denial (the insanity of the speculative boom was denied for …

The impoverishment of Ireland

Michael Taft 01/12/2011

Michael Taft: The CSO has produced the preliminary results from the annual EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions. And the results show an …

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