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UK’s oil industry close to collapse

Posted by seumasach on December 18, 2014

PressTV

18th December, 2014

A senior British energy official says the UK’s oil industry is “close to collapse” due to a recent dramatic fall in crude prices.

“It’s close to collapse. In terms of new investments – there will be none, everyone is retreating, people are being laid off at most companies this week and in the coming weeks,” said Robin Allan, the chairman of the independent explorers’ association Brindex.

He added that the plunge in oil prices pushed the industry into “crisis” and oil companies are cutting staff and investment to save money.

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UK energy firms go under as oil price tumbles

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

Guardian

15th December, 2014

The tumbling oil price has led to a trebling of insolvencies among UK oil and gas services companies so far this year, while £55bn of further oil projects reportedly under threat.

 

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UK sees Chinese growth at record rate

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

The partnerships established with China by the British and Scottish governments are already bearing fruit. This is the one mitigating factor in bankrupt Britain meaning the coming crisis will be less apocalyptic than it would be otherwise. Britain has always depended on incoming capital flows. The difference now is that instead of these going into government bonds they are taking the form of FDI(foreign direct investment). This provides us with a chance to run down our debt as the Chinese cash in their sterling-denominated bonds for real assets, and to end our trade deficit as Britain becomes an export base for Chinese companies or manufactures here goods which we have up until now imported from China. I would also expect them to “recapitalise”, takeover, our banks once they have been bailed in. This is the context in which the commitment of all major parties to a balanced budget, guaranteed by financial devolution to the regions or constituent nations, must be understood. There are no buyers for UK government bonds and QE to infinity is impossible. It is also possible now to avoid the complete collapse of the pound and we may instead hope for an orderly devaluation within a new global financial system prior to eventual adoption of the Euro.

China Daily

12th December, 2014

Chinese companies are growing in the UK at an unprecedented rate, adding a significant contribution to the UK economy through growth and employment, according to the Grant Thornton Tou Ying Tracker 2014 in collaboration with China Daily.

According to the Tou Ying 2014 Top 25 tracker which was released on Friday, the 25 fastest growing Chinese companies in the UK this year have generated 38 percent growth overall. Their combined turnover exceeded 25 billion pounds, and together they employ about 4,000.

 

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Outsourced and unaccountable: this is the future of local government

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

Guardian

15th December

Ignore the economists quibbling whether public spending is returning to the era of George Orwell. If you want to see the future of your local public services, it’s already here: in the north London suburb of Barnet. I visited last week – and it’s not pretty.

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PFI will ultimately cost £300bn

Posted by seumasach on December 8, 2014

“We’re sitting on a PFI debt time bomb, and the sheer scale of the burden paints a seriously grim picture for the future of our public services.”

Guardian

5th July, 2012

The cost of Britain’s controversial private finance initiative will continue to soar for another five years and end up costing taxpayers more than £300bn, according to a Guardian analysis of contracts that were sanctioned by the Treasury.

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UK: Independent reveals extent of foreign takeover

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2014

This is a tendency that can only intensify as Britain devolves control of finance. This effectively means we’re giving up our credit card since no regional or devolved administration is sovereign and will not be able to issue sovereign bonds as before. Nor will the UK government itself since it no longer controls its tax base. The SNP has already  pointed out that Scottish government borrowing will be within a context of a balanced budget rather than the traditional rolling over of debt and coverage of interest charges only. This end of  Keynesianism is accompanied, logically, by the demise of the Labour Party and the left.The UK is and has been for  years totally dependent on capital inflows. However, the form these take is changing: rather than going into government bonds they are going into direct investment and purchase of assets.

Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services

Independent

20th November, 2014

Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services, according to an Independent investigation highlighting how privatisation is benefiting overseas – rather than UK – taxpayers.

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No more bailouts

Posted by seumasach on November 11, 2014

BoE chief says banks won’t be saved by taxpayers

RT

10th November, 2014

New rules are being proposed that will force creditors, not taxpayers, to carry the losses of banks deemed “too big to fail.” The plans come after Western taxpayers were asked to pay trillions of dollars to bail out banks in the 2008 financial crisis.

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New cultural exchange centre planned for Cumnock

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2014

“All of this will help to support the Scottish Government’s China engagement strategy that is already forging important links with the world’s most populous country.”

With new devolved powers on the way I expect the SNP, now beyond question Scotland leading political force, to hit the ground running in opening up Scotland to incoming Chinese investment. Of course, the UK has been totally dependent on incoming Chinese investment anyway in the form of government bond purchase but this is unsustainable and is being replaced by direct investment in real and industrial estate, infrastructure and ultimately, re-industrialization. Scotland already has a five-year plan( a nice touch I think), its Five Year Strategy for Engagement between Scotland and the People’s Republic of China which envisages, for example, the following scenario:

China‟s Foreign Direct Investment has increased dramatically in recent years and has mainly involved the acquisition of mineral resources and energy. Whilst this mergers and acquisitions trend will continue, we expect more Chinese companies to become Global companies either through acquisition or by themselves through natural expansion.

To facilitate inward investment from such companies, we will position Scotland as the ideal European base for Chinese companies with a focus on our pro-innovation business environment.

Scotland has, and will continue to have, a range of high quality investment opportunities suitable for funding from China. These vary from the low carbon sector to 5-star tourism destination developments. SDI will build relationships with Chinese investment companies and entrepreneurs, utilising cultural opportunities, to fully promote these and help create further investment opportunities in Scotland.

SNP

15th October, 2014

A major investment that will see Glaisnock House in Cumnock transformed into a language and cultural centre for Chinese students and entrepreneurs has been welcomed today.

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China’s investors go on global property buying spree

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2014

“London was the most popular destination for Chinese institutional investors, with a total of $2.3 billion (1.35 billion pounds), as efforts by the city to draw Chinese capital into major infrastructure projects spilt into residential and commercial markets, JLL said.”

…in first-half, London, U.S. most popular – JLL

Reuters

30th July, 2014

(Reuters) – China‘s institutional investment in property overseas rose 17 percent in the first six months of this year, with residential investment surging 84 percent, real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) said on Wednesday.

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Government issues first Islamic bond

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2014

Gov.uk

14th August, 2014

The government has today (25 June 2014) cemented Britain’s position as the western hub for Islamic finance by becoming the first country outside the Islamic world to issue sovereign Sukuk, the Islamic equivalent of a bond.

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UK hints at next reserve currency

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

To Issue Chinese Yuan-Denominated Bond

Zero Hedge

15th September, 2014

Yuanification continues around the world. As The USA attempts to corral its allies in a ‘broad coalition’, an increasing number of people – including domestic economic policy advisors – are shifting away from the USD as primary reserve currency. However, the move by British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, announced Friday, is likely the most notable yet in the world’s de-dollarization. As Xinhua reports, the British government intend to be the first nation (ex-China) to issue Renminbi denominated bond and to use the proceeds to finance the government’s reserves of foreign currency. Osborne described this dialogue outcome as “a historic moment” and a statement of British confidence in the potential of the RMB to become “the main global reserves currency”.

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