UK “hanging” on the brink…..and a Greek tragedy
With no clear majority after the UK election, in essence a “hung parliament”, the country awaits the outcome of discussions between the main political parties on how a coalition government could optimise a strategy that would some positive impact on the economy.
The Bank of England also has held the UK base rate at 0.5% in May and decided not to pump any more money into the economy through quantitative easing. The British Chambers of Commerce and Institute of Directors both agree that with the fragile situation rates should not be raised. Inflation is over 3% for April and the last quarter’s initial growth estimates at 0.2%, half the final quarter of 2009 indicating another potential slow down in the economy.
All this pales into insignificance with the events surrounding the Greek debt crisis, and to a lesser extent the problems in Spain and Portugal, as the global markets declined rapidly last week when it appeared that Greece “had finally gone bust”. The reaction on Monday to a European Central Bank initiative for a three year stability package to support the Euro, thus stemming the decline of Eurozone countries, provided an initial 5% increase in share prices. The “see saw” antics of stock markets caused by over eager market makers shows that as a global institution, we are being influenced by a lot of uncertainty of what the future holds and when, or if, stability will return in due course.
Whatever the situation in the UK, now and in future months, it is the global macroeconomic movements that are going to influence a recovery or “double dip” recession in individual national economies, but the consumer and business will have to deal with fallout for some years to come.