Laurie Macfarlane

Laurie Macfarlane is currently economics editor for openDemocracyUK. Formerly senior economist at the New Economics Foundation, he focused his work on reforming the financial sector and the economy to align with the long-term interests of society. Macfarlane is co-author of the critically acclaimed book ‘Rethinking the economics of land and housing’ (February 2017), described by the Financial Times as “a lucid exposition of the dysfunctional British housing market”.
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To tackle the cost of living crisis, we must end the Great British Rip Off

For decades, British households have been squeezed by a pincer movement of persistently low incomes on the one hand, and extractive business models on the other. Unless urgent action is taken on both fronts, another ‘lost decade’ looks all but inevitable.

February 16, 2022


Why 2021 is humanity’s make-or-break moment on climate breakdown

Last year will be remembered for many things, and let’s be honest: most of them will be bad. But amidst the hardship and suffering, there is a positive story to be told.

February 11, 2021

No Money on a Dead Planet

Governments Must Act to Stop the Coronavirus – But We Can’t Return to Business as Usual

If we really care about the health of people and planet, we should think twice before we decide to spend money on accelerating this destructive trajectory. While it is essential that jobs are maintained and undue hardship is avoided, propping up the status quo is not the only option available.

March 17, 2020


To Tackle Inequality, We Need to Start Talking about Where Wealth Comes From

In the age of the ‘self-made’ millionaire, the lottery of birth is more important than ever. As George Monbiot once said: “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.”

February 19, 2020

Homelessness in London

Britain’s Moment of Truth

It’s clear to anyone who has been following British politics that the tectonic plates of British politics are shifting. But to attribute this shift to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is to confuse cause and effect. The roots of the stark choice facing British voters this week can be found in a trio of deep, interconnected crises.

December 12, 2019


Now is Not the Time to Defend Britain’s Democracy – we Need a Democratic Revolution

So despite the good intentions, now is not the time to be defending Britain’s broken democracy. Instead, we should be demanding a democratic revolution.

August 29, 2019

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