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Monday 6th October

"Britain's Economic Future: There Is An Alternative"


John Mills and David B. Smith 

Businessman and economist John Mills will be arguing the case that a better, alternative path exists for the UK economy, as laid out in his latest pamphlet, with Economic Research Council Vice-President David B. Smith providing the counter-argument.

Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1LR

6.30pm: Drinks and Networking
7.00pm: Talk start
7.40pm: Q&A
8.00pm: Finish

The bar will remain open after the event until 8.30pm.



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About the Speakers

John Mills is an economist, entrepreneur and writer with wide experience of both the economic and political worlds. His eighth book, written with Bryan Gould, is being published in February 2015. John believes that the record of the UK economy could and should have been much better than it has been for many decades and that it is misguided economic policies rather than anything else which have been responsible for our longstanding under-performance. Unless radical changes are made to our economic priorities and policies, the UK is likely to face years ahead with entirely avoidable slow or negative growth, high unemployment, stagnant living standards, rising government and national debts, increasing inequality and relative if not absolute national decline.

David B. Smith studied Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Essex in the 1960s. He then worked predominantly as a City economist, in banks and the securities industry, from 1968 to 2006. David B Smith was a Visiting Professor in business and economic forecasting at the University of Derby between 2006 and July 2014, was Chairman of the IEA’s Shadow Monetary Policy Committee between 2003 and April 2014, and was the Chief Economist on the Tax Payers’ Alliance / Institute of Directors 2020 Tax Commission. He has published numerous articles and monographs on money and banking and fiscal-policy issues, including his May 2007 ERC Research Paper (no. 23) Cracks in the Foundations? A Review of the Role and Functions of the Bank of England after Ten Years of Operational Independence, and more recently articles on UK economic policy making in the 1930s and 1950s, published respectively in the summer and autumn 2012 editions of Britain and Overseas. David maintains his own econometric forecasting model of the international and UK economies at Beacon Economic Forecasting.

Future Events

18th November - Martin Wolf, Financial Times - Book here

18th December - Clash of the Titans IV - More info coming soon

27th January - Matthew Elliott, Business for Britain - More info coming soon