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Daniel Knowles
25 September 2010
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Yesterday, Eric Pickles defended the government’s decision not to revalue homes for Council Tax. Indeed, it seems hardly anyone – not even the Labour Party – wants a...
Richard Wellings
24 September 2010
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Public sector workers are understandably concerned about the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Trade union leaders have recently spoken of strikes and civil disobedience against...
Philip Booth
23 September 2010
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In recent years “profit” has become something of a dirty word and corporations have been encouraged to seek wider social goals following an agenda of so-called “social...
D. R. Myddelton
22 September 2010
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In his speech this afternoon to the Liberal Democrats’ conference, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will assert: “ Capitalism kills competition ”. 
Steven Kates
21 September 2010
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My life, of late, has been submerged under the burden of finishing off a book which I am happy to say has now, finally, been sent off to the publisher. It is, moreover, being co-published by the IEA...
Richard Wellings
21 September 2010
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Those of us who hope the Liberal Democrats will reject socialism and embrace true liberalism have many reasons to be disappointed by this year’s party conference. Nick Clegg, for example,...
Karthik Reddy
20 September 2010
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Worldwide economic freedom retreated for the first time in decades, according to a report published today by the Fraser Institute in association with the Institute of Economic Affairs. Fraser’...
Philip Booth
20 September 2010
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Gordon Brown and Ed Balls became famous as a pair for their infamous gobbledygook speech in which “post-neo-classical endogenous growth theory” was unveiled to an unsuspecting...
Mark Littlewood
17 September 2010
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In these grim dark days of austerity and cuts, the coalition urgently needs to find a compelling political narrative of hope and optimism. David Cameron’s Big Society rhetoric occasionally...
Kristian Niemietz
17 September 2010
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Free marketeers have received support from an unlikely ally. During a press conference in Cuba, the Máximo Líder Fidel Castro publicly admitted that the Cuban model no longer works...
Steven D. Ealy
16 September 2010
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Friedrich A. Hayek published The Constitution of Liberty in 1960. To mark the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary the IEA is issuing Eugene F. Miller’s Hayek’s The Constitution of...
Nick Silver
15 September 2010
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I suspect that I am less of a disciple of the Austrian School of economics than many readers and many of the other writers on this blog. However, a recent game of cards has changed my mind.
Daniel Knowles
14 September 2010
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Here at the IEA, it is something of a rule that if Hayek endorsed an idea then it probably wasn’t all bad. Bearing that in mind, I’d like to bring up a policy that isn’t often...
Len Shackleton
14 September 2010
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Our over-excitable media are again whipping up concern about a wave of public sector union militancy in the wake of planned cuts. Back in March there was concern about a “ spring of discontent...
Paul Robinson
13 September 2010
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A fascinating fact about defence budgets is that no matter what the changes in the strategic situation the proportion of the budget assigned to each of the three armed services hardly changes at all...
Peter King
13 September 2010
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Housing policy was one of the areas where the previous Conservative government achieved some major successes, particularly with the introduction of the Right to Buy in 1980 and the introduction of...
Kristian Niemietz
10 September 2010
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“The welfare state is now a vast, sprawling bureaucracy that can act to entrench, rather than solve, the problems of poverty and social exclusion.” The above quote does not come from a...
Mark Littlewood
9 September 2010
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A major taxman’s blunder was an inevitable result of our tax code, says Mark Littlewood
Nick Silver
8 September 2010
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Earlier this year I published a report estimating British government debt at  £4.8 trillion . However, over the summer the Office for National Statistics (ONS) ...
David Atherton
7 September 2010
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Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has been posing as the champion of the Great British pub, saying he can save it by confronting large breweries over the beer tie. Under the beer tie, a...