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Richard Wellings
26 July 2010
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A single claimant of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Support aged 18-24 receives £51.85 a week. This goes up to £65.45 for those aged 25 and over. Tax credit and child benefit...
Len Shackleton
23 July 2010
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I don’t apologise for returning once more to my hobby-horse, the seemingly unstoppable growth of employment tribunal claims and the pernicious effect of fear of tribunals on the workplace....
Terry Arthur
23 July 2010
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Next May there is to be a referendum, at the behest of Nick Clegg, on whether or not the UK should change the first-past-the-post system to the Alternative Vote (AV) system. Under AV, voters must...
Richard Wellings
22 July 2010
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The dismal economic returns on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link are a stark warning to supporters of a high-speed line to Scotland and the North of England. The total cost of the link, now renamed...
Eamonn Butler and Philip Booth
22 July 2010
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Philip Booth interviews Eamonn Butler, author of Ludwig von Mises – A Primer.    
Kate Antrobus
21 July 2010
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The case for abolishing agricultural subsidies on the grounds that they are unjust and hugely damaging to developing countries is well documented. One can also make the case in environmental terms,...
Philip Booth
20 July 2010
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Simon Heffer made an interesting point in Saturday’s Telegraph about Dartford Tunnel tolls. He suggested that the main cause of congestion on the M25 near the tunnel and bridge was the...
Ruth Porter
19 July 2010
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Liberalism, empowerment, responsibility, redistributing power so that people in their everyday lives don’t turn to officials or central government for help, but instead help themselves and...
Fred Hansen
19 July 2010
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The present Democratic leadership of the United States avoids owning up to the “progressive” philosophy it adheres to. This may be because the US government’s finances are expected...
Len Shackleton
16 July 2010
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One of the things which the Blair government got right was establishing the principle of student fees in higher education. It is depressing to see our hyperactive coalition government, in the person...
Kristian Niemietz
15 July 2010
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In the early 1960s, Chicago economist Milton Friedman travelled to Hong Kong to meet Sir John Cowperthwaite, the colony’s Financial Secretary. The economic development of Hong Kong had aroused...
Patrick Basham
15 July 2010
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Public health regulations frequently serve exclusively to prevent legal capitalistic acts between consenting adults. But the fact that prohibition’s history is a history of failure never stops...
John Spiers
14 July 2010
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My recent book on health policy, Who Decides Who Decides?, discussed the many ways in which central government does all it can to avoid placing money directly into the hands of the consumer....
Martin Cassini
14 July 2010
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Not all cuts spell pain. The traffic control industry is ripe for reform that could bring massive savings as well as a transformation in road safety, congestion and quality of life. The industry is...
Philip Booth
14 July 2010
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It is very welcome news that the government is planning to scrap the census from 2021. Indeed, you might have first seen this suggestion on the IEA blog last February. It has been suggested that the...
Peter Morgan
13 July 2010
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Salary sacrifice pensions have become a popular choice for pension saving. They are beneficial for both individuals and businesses that often make huge savings by reducing their...
Philip Booth
13 July 2010
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Audio podcast for The Economist:  
Peter King
13 July 2010
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Like most people interested in politics I have been following the financial crisis and the manner in which politicians have tried to deal with it. I quite agree that deep cuts are needed in public...
Dan Osborne
12 July 2010
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Should David Cameron worry that restraining public spending will hurt his chances of being re-elected? Recent political history will reassure him. In the 1980s and 1990s countries such as the...
D. R. Myddelton
9 July 2010
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It is distressing to witness yet another piece of financial chicanery by the British government, which now proposes to substitute the Consumer Prices Index for the Retail Prices Index as the “...

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