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John Ashton gives The Alternative Mansion House Speech

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E3G founding director John Ashton makes the case against the current neoclassical orthodoxy in his address at The Alternative Mansion House Speech, hosted by nef (the new economics foundation).

Speaking alongside Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC), John's speech is entitled 'Our Choice Unchained: Climate Change, Growth and the Baleful Power of a Modern Cult'. A pdf transcript of his speech is attached here for download.

The intention of the speech, and the event itself, is to broaden the conversation about the state of the UK economy. As nef states:

Every summer the Chancellor of the Exchequer dons his bow tie and dinner jacket to tell the great and the good of the City of London about the state of the economy in the Mansion House.

What if, rather than addressing the City, he addressed the concerns of people of the UK? How can we tackle the rising cost of living in the face of stagnant real wages? What should we do about the increasing threat that climate change poses? How can multinational companies be made to pay their way in taxes?

The Alternative Mansion House Speech, July 8, 2013 6:00 PM

Great Hall, ICAEW, Chartered Accountants' Hall
Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA

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