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Duncan Weldon

Britain economics correspondent, @TheEconomist. Economics, history, other stuff. Book on British economic history due 2021.

London

Joined on 2 September, 2009

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Pro: I got an excellent JJ72 t-shirt.
Con: it all went a bit “Lord of the Flies”.

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A conversation with a colleague has reminded me of the last night of the Leeds Festival in 2000.

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Replying to @sarahoconnor_: Spent some enjoyable time in the 1909 Hansard records this week while writing on the minimum wage. It's amazing how simi…

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Spent some enjoyable time in the 1909 Hansard records this week while writing on the minimum wage. It's amazing how similar the debate over pros and cons remains, more than a century later. (Even though we have loads of empirical evidence now they didn't have then).

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English regional data.

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ONS antibody data is out.

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The thing is you can think of as many clever wheezes as you want but the choice is straight forward, do you keep the uplift or cut it?

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BBC says the government is looking at 14 different options for what to do about the due to expire UC uplift. 14!

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Replying to @sanderwagner: Fascinating blogpost on the (almost extinct and relatively newly recorded) Kusunda language in Nepal. Apparently the lang…

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Replying to @econhedge: Pattern at the end of the first full week of daily vaccine data is that there was a big drop off on Sunday. over Thurs, Fri,…

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Fascinating blogpost on the (almost extinct and relatively newly recorded) Kusunda language in Nepal. Apparently the language tells us that the Kusunda once had a sophisticated civilization but then returned to be hunter-gatherers

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Pattern at the end of the first full week of daily vaccine data is that there was a big drop off on Sunday. over Thurs, Fri, Sat a daily ave of 321k first doses and 325k first and second doses is the kind of pace that needs to be maintained.

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Replying to @NormaCohen3: How Britain paid for war: bond holders in the Great War 1914-32 – Bank Underground

Britain was so desperate for Capital b…

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How Britain paid for war: bond holders in the Great War 1914-32 – Bank Underground

Britain was so desperate for Capital by early 1917 to fight the First World War that it threatened banks and insurers that it would confiscate their assets.

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Covid and UK productivity. It’s complicated.

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The more I read about the Wars of the Roses the more it makes sense that the political appeal of the Tudors was essentially the Cameron pitch of 2015: “strong and stable”.

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Replying to @arindube: This short thread summarizes my thinking the perennial question about minimum: "how high is OK?"

Tl;dr: we don't yet know, a…

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This short thread summarizes my thinking the perennial question about minimum: "how high is OK?"

Tl;dr: we don't yet know, and that's ok.

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Quoted @DuncanWeldon

Curious for views from UK based office workers.
By this Autumn how often do you expect to be in the office? (Assuming most restrictions lifted/much lighter).

Obvs not a representative poll and all that. But just about the exact inverse of what I expected.

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8 and 5 year olds enthralled by Junior Bake Off on Channel 4 catch-up. Calling that a rainy Saturday afternoon win.

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Replying to @rcolvile: ‘We are a bunch of harmless eccentrics who like to dress in fancy clothes, not people who want to topple the government’ http…

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‘We are a bunch of harmless eccentrics who like to dress in fancy clothes, not people who want to topple the government’

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Inspired by @warmatters tweeting about the need for multi-country archive work in military history... I present the most intimidating footnote ever. From NAM Rodger.

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Quoted @YearCovid

January 11th, 2020:

The first death from "novel coronavirus" is reported in the media, having occurred on January 9th.

Public Health England publishes new guidelines for hospitals, including a section on safely handling the corpses of infected patients

An account tweeting the UK covid story one year on.

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Replying to @resi_analyst: Residential rents plummet in major UK cities

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Residential rents plummet in major UK cities

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