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Ryan Bourne
29 October 2014
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Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014...
Ryan Bourne
28 October 2014
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McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile...
Glynn Brailsford
27 October 2014
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Government borrowing is currently running 10 per cent higher than last year – exemplifying the already parlous state of the UK’s public finances. However, the long-term implications of...
Len Shackleton
24 October 2014
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Earlier this week the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the results of two related research projects evaluating the effects of providing 15 hours a week of ‘free’ childcare to three-...
Peter Ainsworth
23 October 2014
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As the father of four children who graduated in the last few years, I understood and sympathised with their concern about tuition fee debts and the difficulties of finding a rewarding occupation....
Benedikt Koehler
22 October 2014
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George Bush, a New England minister, explained the term ‘caliph’ came from ‘the Hebrew chalaph; to be changed, to succeed, to pass round in a revolution’. This definition from...
Ryan Bourne
21 October 2014
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Forget political polls and voting intentions. The most important survey of recent months came from Pew Research on the attitudes of populations worldwide to capitalism and inequality. As many Western...
Glynn Brailsford
20 October 2014
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The Honourable Joe Hockey, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia, sat down with ieaTV to discuss how the Australian government has managed to address the long-term fiscal challenges presented by...
Sam Collins
17 October 2014
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There is a wonderful story about the realism (or pessimism) of young people. A polling company had asked a group of university students whether they believed they had a better chance of receiving a...
Steve Davies
16 October 2014
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The news that Leonard Liggio has died (5 July 1933 to 14 October 2014) will not have attracted much attention in the wider world. However, in the world of classical liberalism and particularly...
Ryan Bourne
16 October 2014
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Over the past 24 hours I’ve been asked to appear on three radio shows to discuss Lord Freud’s comments on people with severe disabilities and learning difficulties and the national...
Kristian Niemietz
15 October 2014
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William Beveridge is not a popular figure among classical liberals. He is blamed for paving the way for the nationalisation of social security, or at least greatly amplifying an existing trend in...
Ryan Bourne
15 October 2014
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Yesterday’s inflation figures – with CPI inflation down to 1.2 per cent - are, on the face of it, good news, but not necessarily for the government finances. As Sam Bowman of the ASI has...
Ryan Bourne
14 October 2014
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‘Race relations/immigration’ is now ranked by voters as the most important issue facing Britain, according to Ipsos MORI. On 39 per cent, it’s above the economy and the NHS –...
John H. Cochrane
13 October 2014
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The FT's Martin Wolf weighs in on ‘Why inequality is such a drag on economies’. This is the question that was bugging me last week. Why is inequality a problem in and of itself,...
Carlo Stagnaro
10 October 2014
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The European Commission has given the green light to the construction of a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point. This may or may not be part of a nuclear renaissance, but it is definitely a further...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
9 October 2014
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The Liberal Democrats have proposed raising the top rate of capital gains tax (CGT) to 35 per cent in order to reduce taxes on the least well off. Go to the back of the class! CGT is a bad tax...
Steven Kates
8 October 2014
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The text of the first edition of Free Market Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader was written in a kind of white heat over twelve weeks during the first months of the worldwide...
Philip Booth
7 October 2014
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There is a time and a place for ‘sloganeering’ – the use of casual phrases to communicate complex messages. In my view, ordained ministers of the Church should avoid sloganeering...