Britain’s Private Debt Problem

Contrary to political group think it was actually access private debt not public debt that brought the economy crashing down. But today private debt is again raging and nobody seems to want to address the issue. On the 10-year-anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis, anthropologist and author, David Graeber and former chairman of the now abolished Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner sits down with co-founder and presenter, Ross Ashcroft, to discuss what is preventing us from talking about the taboo that is Britain’s private debt problem.

Millennials: The landless generation

After the Global Financial Crisis, developed countries all over the world have created housing bubbles to prop-up their ailing economies, driving up prices, forever locking young people out of the market, diminishing their chance of financial security. You would be forgiven for thinking housing is the problem. In reality the problem is not housing but land. We explore why a land value tax is the only way to ensure prosperity for future generations. 

Did you know housing gets counted twice in GDP?

Your car gets counted once when it is built, not when it is driven. Your clothes, your bicycle, your furniture, all get counted once when they are manufactured, and not again when they are worn, ridden, or sat on. But homes are counted twice in GDP, writes Dr Cameron Murray: Once when they are constructed, and again when they are occupied. If we are going to count housing in GDP, shouldn’t we count it just once?