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Cartoon: Pop! Growth!


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Estimates of economic growth in the UK have been upgraded by the International Monetary Fund but isn’t clear that the kind of growth we are told to expect is good for us.

Also at home, it is suggested that ‘energy drinks’ are banned in school because of the bad behaviour and ill-health they can cause among the pupils.

The ‘energy’ drinks in the cartoon metaphor are Quantitative Easing, private debt and disguised public subsidy to the commercial property industry – the chancellor’s Help to Buy scheme. All provide a short-term fix of ‘energy’ which must be handy if there’s an election coming up, but in the long-term they also make us ill and fat.


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