Wednesday, 31 December 2014

MOST READ posts of 2014

After a bumper year for the LEAP blog with a record number of posts and a record number of hits, what were the most-read posts of the year?

10. Labour must break with austerity - September
Ahead of Labour Party conference a group of economists and campaigners - including Richard Murphy, Ann Pettifor, and Prem Sikka - wrote to the Guardian, advising Labour to break with austerity

9. Analysis: Osborne's plan for permanent austerity - December
The LEAP analysis of George Osborne's Autumn Statement on 3 December which announced plans to take public spending back to levels not seen since the 1930s.

8. Are we reaching the TTIPing point? - July
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - a massive threat to democracy - was one of the big campaigning issues of 2014 and will continue to be in 2015. Also read our Update on TTIP from John Hilary.

7. Labour market analysis: jobs recovery or jobs illusion? - April
We looked behind the impressive headline figures on jobs to reveal the changing shape of the labour market to reveal falling pay levels and rising self-employment

6. What has austerity achieved? - November
A quick post giving a 10-point guide to the 'achievements' of the coalition government's austerity policies ...

5. Five reasons why Labour MPs should oppose the welfare cap - March
In March the House of Commons voted on proposals to bring in an overall cap on welfare spending - we gave five reasons why MPs should have rejected it. Sadly, they didn't but the post generated huge interest

4. Thames Water: a lesson in privatisation - June
We can learn a lot about why privatisation has been a key driver of inequality over the last generation by looking at the experience of individual industries or companies. We looked at Thames Water - and so did lots of our readers!

3. Welfare, tax and the civilised society - April
In April, HM Revenue & Customs announced its proposal to send personalised breakdowns of where your tax goes. We exposed the misrepresentations, but also made the case for tax and for welfare spending

2. LEAP: Books of the Year 2014 - December
We asked some contributors and friends - including Aditya Chakrabortty, John McDonnell MP and Ann Pettifor - to name their books of the year. They made some interesting choices - and you were interested in their recommendations!

1. A Radical Read - The Failed Experiment - April
In April we previewed the publication of LEAP co-ordinator Andrew Fisher's first book The Failed Experiment ... and how to build an economy that works, and the post became your biggest read of 2014.

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