Friday, 11 March 2011

No rate rise

If not now, then when?

The MPC again ducked out of the difficult but necessary task of raising the bank rate. It is not obvious what they are waiting for. Inflationary pressures have grown considerably stronger over the last six months. The MC have just sat there in their oak panelled meeting room, watching passively as the rest of us have inflation hit five percent.

Wishful thinking won't deliver price stability. Talking tough doesn't do it either. The only known cure for rapidly rising prices is higher interest rates.

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