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Ryan Bourne
1 July 2014
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Few subjects generate emotion in UK politics like the funding of the NHS. Warnings of the health service’s imminent collapse are ten a penny, while politicians love to talk about ‘saving...
Stephen Michael MacLean
30 June 2014
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Pope Francis is at it again - speaking out on behalf of the poor, while casting aspersions on the free market, perhaps the poor’s greatest friend. In an address to a conference meeting in Rome...
John H. Cochrane
27 June 2014
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    Hoover's Peregrine asked me to write an essay with the title, ‘What is the optimal number of immigrants to the US?’   My answer: Two billion, two million,...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
26 June 2014
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Yesterday, Labour forced a Commons vote on allowing the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties. It followed a letter sent by Ed Balls to George Osborne...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2014
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‘The NHS has been declared the world's best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health’, a...
Len Shackleton
25 June 2014
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland are unique in that the provision of school examinations is not a state monopoly. When external examinations for schools were introduced a century and a half ago...
Len Shackleton
24 June 2014
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John Sentamu, the charismatic Archbishop of York, has again thrown his weight behind the recommendations of the Living Wage Commission he chairs. Not to be confused with the government’s Low...
Ryan Bourne
24 June 2014
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A lack of authenticity among politicians is a common lament. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston expressed this conventional wisdom recently when she said: ‘I think the public dislike the cardboard...
Philip Booth
23 June 2014
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We seem to think that there is something special about manufacturing. Perhaps it is because its products are tangible. George Osborne has fallen into this trap more than once, most notably in his...
Philip Booth
20 June 2014
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There is no shortage of those on both sides of the political spectrum queuing up to excoriate big business. The CPS has recently joined the fray, suggesting that big business tramples on the people....
Kristian Niemietz
19 June 2014
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Unless you have spent the last two decades in North Korea or in Josef Fritzl’s basement, you will be familiar with that scene from the opening credits of the Simpsons, where it initially...
Kevin Dowd
18 June 2014
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I would like to thank the IEA for today publishing my monograph, New Private Monies, which examines three contemporary cases of private monetary systems. The first is the Liberty Dollar, a private...
Ryan Bourne
17 June 2014
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The British tax system just isn’t progressive enough, the Equality Trust claimed yesterday. After citing survey figures showing that 68 per cent of the UK population believe households in the...
Len Shackleton
16 June 2014
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It is rare indeed that we see a government policy clearly succeeding in its objectives within a short time frame. However this seems to be what has happened with the coalition’s introduction of...
Christopher Snowdon
15 June 2014
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A group of charities and campaign groups have written a letter to The Times complaining about what they regard as attempts to 'stifle' debate about the 'causes of poverty'. This comes...
Christopher Snowdon
15 June 2014
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Alcohol policy in Britain and many other countries aims to reduce per capita alcohol consumption in the belief that this will inevitably reduce heavy and harmful drinking. Campaigners cite the...
Ryan Bourne
13 June 2014
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Zero-hours contracts. High prices. Benefit cuts. Unemployment. Childcare costs. According to the international development charity Oxfam, the combination of these individual factors in Britain has...
Kristian Niemietz
12 June 2014
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In today’s Mansion House speech, George Osborne is expected to outline new plans to encourage housing development on brownfield sites. The speech follows in the wake of an IMF report, which...
Stephen Littlechild
11 June 2014
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Ofgem’s chickens are coming home to roost, and the energy market regulator now faces a choice. It must decide whether it really is sensible to enforce the restrictions on energy suppliers it...
Ryan Bourne
10 June 2014
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Like many others, on Sunday evening I watched Soccer Aid – an annual charity football match featuring well-known ex-footballers and a raft of celebrities. All funds raised go to Unicef, to...