Kate Barker's picture
Affiliation: 
British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme
Credentials: 
former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee

Voting history

Greece’s elections and the future of the Eurozone

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Question 1: Do you agree that a Syriza victory on 25 January would lead to a significant or sustained escalation in spreads for other peripheral Eurozone countries?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
Even without a Syriza victory, it seems inevitable that Greece will have to change its position as above. The financial markets ought therefore to reflect this already to a large extent.

2014 Autumn Statement

 

Question 2: Do you agree that the underperformance of tax receipts in recent years, provides a strong case for higher taxes?

Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
There is a case for higher taxes, but not for that reason! It is to provide the right level of public services for a civilised society.

Question 1: Do you agree that the scale of this planned reduction in total managed expenditure is credible?

Answer:
Strongly Disagree
Confidence level:
Very confident
Comment:
Cuts on this scale will be very hard to find. More cuts will be needed - but these will be very contentious especially if public sector wage pressure is up, meaning bigger service cuts.

Devolving Income Tax Powers within the UK

Question 2: Do you agree that that there is a clear economic case for establishing "English votes for English laws" with the same tax and spending powers as the Scottish Parliament?

Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Not confident

Question 1: Do you agree that the economic benefits of devolving full income tax powers to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly outweigh the possible costs?

Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Confident

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