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Kristian Niemietz
3 March 2015
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Most of the time, the role of think tanks is to engage in holistic, ‘big picture’ thinking. Think tank work is often about taking a few steps back, and looking beyond the specifics of the...
D.R. Myddelton
2 March 2015
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Most people in this country have probably never heard of The Forgotten Depression, the title of a new book by James Grant. Unlike the Great Depression which started in 1929 and lasted until 1941 (in...
Philip Booth
27 February 2015
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The Greens have a radical policy agenda which would, if implemented, probably involve a huge transfer of power from the people to the state. The Greens must, however, be given credit for clearly...
David Henderson
26 February 2015
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Better days at the FT In an earlier piece (7 January), I criticised staffers at the Financial Times (FT) for persistently quoting misleading figures for the GDP of a range of developing countries. In...
Steve Davies
25 February 2015
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One of the recurring features of what we may call ‘popular economics’ in this country is the hostility to ticket touts. For most of the public they rank close to the bottom of social...
Ryan Bourne
25 February 2015
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Aside from the much-expected arms race to win the pensioner vote with a host of taxpayer-funded goodies, all parties (bar maybe UKIP) seem to agree that ‘childcare’ is something deserving...
Ryan Bourne
24 February 2015
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In an age of big challenges, the general election campaign seems to be throwing up a host of small ideas. The Labour Party is currently quibbling internally over how to finance a policy of cutting...
Christopher Snowdon
24 February 2015
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As Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles has long taken a principled stand against what he calls 'government lobbying government' and 'lobbying on the...
Kristian Niemietz
23 February 2015
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Among the more reasonable supporters of the single-payer model of healthcare, a common argument is that while the NHS may not literally be the ‘envy of the world’, at least it is better...
Matt Zwolinski
20 February 2015
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Some of the currently most popular forms of libertarian thought are defined by a commitment to the “non-aggression principle” – a principle which holds that it is always wrong to...
Philip Booth
19 February 2015
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In response to an article for The Tablet on Oxfam’s wealth inequality figures, Mr Fuentes-Nieva, Head of Research at Oxfam, makes some counterpoints in a letter to The Tablet (also repeated in...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2015
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Forget all the populist welfare crackdowns dominating the election headlines over the past week. These are small fry compared to the gargantuan task of rolling out the government’s long-awaited...
Diego Zuluaga
17 February 2015
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Tomorrow, Financial Markets Commissioner Lord Hill will be releasing his much-awaited Green Paper on creating a Capital Markets Union (CMU) in the EU. One of the landmark initiatives of the Juncker...
Ralph Buckle
16 February 2015
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In our chapter for the IEA‘s latest monograph Brexit: Directions for Britain Outside the EU, Tim Hewish and I argue that, if Britain were to leave the EU, its first port of call when seeking...
Christopher Snowdon
16 February 2015
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Robert Peston, the BBC’s economics editor, has recently made his contribution to the rapidly growing genre of polemical inequality documentaries with the ‘The Price of Inequality’...
Philip Booth
13 February 2015
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Those who wish to cut government arts funding are often branded ‘philistines’. But there is a difference between appreciating the arts and believing that the state should support the arts...
Ryan Bourne
12 February 2015
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‘Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left’. That twelve-word note left in the Treasury from Liam Byrne, Labour’s former Chief Secretary to the...
Richard Wellings
11 February 2015
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Britain’s railways were privatised in the mid-1990s. This did not however mean an end to state control. The government tightly regulated the sector, imposing price controls on a high proportion...
Ryan Bourne
10 February 2015
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The war of words between Boots and the Labour Party has led to much political soul-searching. The salient question seems to be: ‘is Labour anti-business?’ This is not particularly...