The IMF and austerity – John Redwood MP

One of a number of posters created by the Econ...

One of a number of posters created by the Economic Cooperation Administration to promote the Marshall Plan in Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International Monetary Fund

International Monetary Fund (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International Monetary Fund [oct 25]

International Monetary Fund [oct 25] (Photo credit: JavierPsilocybin)

This is a very interesting and timely blog from John Redwood, Conservative MP. It’s well worth a read. Check it out!

The IMF and austerity.

I agree with much of John Redwood’s article. I particularly agree with the following statement about the Euro:

“If it were a proper single currency, there would be much larger transfers of grant and loan money from the richer areas to the poorer areas, to make it all more tolerable.”

For me, Germany and the other North European countries that have benefited from the Euro since inception,  now have a responsibility to invest in the economic recovery of Southern Europe – a Marshall type plan.

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Carry on printing – John Redwood MP

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  John Redwood (R...

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: John Redwood (R) arrives in Downing Street to attend a party to celebrate the 85th birthday of Baroness Thatcher on October 14, 2010 in London, England. Due to illness, Margaret Thatcher was unable to attend a party in Number 10 Downing Street to mark her 85th birthday on October 13, 1925. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

This is an excellent blog from John Redwood MP. Check it out!

Carry on printing.

John Redwood brilliantly simplifies complex concepts, so that more people are able to understand the policy implications.

Personally, I strongly endorse the interventions of the Fed and the ECB but recognize that there is no substitute for effective  Government policies to stimulate growth to create demand and jobs.

What do you think?

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