Big news from the OECD.
At last, the OECD has converted to the teachings of John Maynard Keynes. The austerian non-believers, for so long the dominant force in the Paris-based thinktank, are banished to a distant land. Common sense has prevailed.
As revolutions go, it has taken a while. Five years ago ago, the priority was public spending cuts. George Osborne was lauded. Then there was muted criticism. Now the austerity delusion, as the economist Paul Krugman called it, is no longer a central tenet of thinking at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development, the club formed to provide advice to 34 wealthy countries.
Replacing calls for changes to the labour market (wages cuts) and reconfigurations of state provision (welfare cuts) is the belief that global economy lacks demand and only a coordinated effort by the G20group of countries, taking the opportunity to borrow money at ultra-low interest rates, can bring it back.
The long and the short of it is:-
that we don’t have enough demand
it has clearly been a political choice
Next week could be the start of a sea change in economic approach