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Kristian Niemietz
18 June 2010
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If J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings was re-made into a seasonable film today, it would probably look like this: The Dark Lord Sauron would be replaced by Sir Terry Leahy, while...
Richard Wellings
17 June 2010
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For perhaps only the second time in its history the IEA will feature in a comic book. The first instance was over a decade ago when Antony Fisher, IEA founder, appeared in such a publication along...
Andre Johnston Phijuntjitr
17 June 2010
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Over the past year there have been murmurings of expansive new proposals for a global reserve currency to replace the long suffering, yet still hegemonic, dollar. One such proposal has been the...
Terry Arthur
16 June 2010
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" You’re gouging on your prices If you charge more than the rest But it’s unfair competition If you think you can charge less! A second point that we would make, To help...
Philip Booth
15 June 2010
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Much was made in the media of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s suggested reduction in the assumed long-term trend growth rate of the economy. It would appear from the analysis that there...
Philip Booth
15 June 2010
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Two things struck me about the OBR report published yesterday. I shall blog about the other later… The first was its treatment of public sector pensions. This is an area where the IEA has...
Fred Hansen
15 June 2010
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The Liberal Democrats have been telling us they want to “hardwire fairness back into national life.” Britain, for all its many strengths, they argue, “is still too...
Nick Silver
14 June 2010
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As we have a new government and we also have a better idea about the effects of the financial crisis on the public finances, I thought it would be worthwhile to update my 2008 paper,...
Richard Wellings
12 June 2010
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●  Mark Littlewood discusses cutting public spending on BBC Newsnight (video).   ●  Philip Booth critiques the coalition’s plans on pensions.   ●  James...
Kristian Niemietz
11 June 2010
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Swinging the axe on benefits and tax credits is no longer taboo after the coalition’s announcements that these spending areas will be scrutinised towards the end of this year. It looks as...
Len Shackleton
10 June 2010
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David Willetts is right to be talking about the need for radical change in universities. Many people in the sector seem to be wedded to the idea that nothing much needs to alter in our “world...
Andre Johnston Phijuntjitr
9 June 2010
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A trillion here, 500 billion there - it seems no amount is too much when the authorities want to fix a perforated economy. Keeping an economy on life support through extensive...
Nathaniel Clark
8 June 2010
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Freedom-loving writers published in print or online have until the end of June to enter the Bastiat Prize. The think tank,  International Policy Network, is accepting entries in the form of...
Daniel J. Mitchell
8 June 2010
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Kristian Niemietz
7 June 2010
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Michael Gove has hesitantly accepted the inclusion of for-profit schools in the coalitions’ proposed school-choice reforms – a quasi-voucher scheme under which school funding would...
Philip Booth
3 June 2010
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Vince Cable’s speech at Cass Business School was an interesting mix of the radical and the reactionary. Overall, it certainly reads no worse than speeches that have been given by most...
J. J. Bell
2 June 2010
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The recent announcements from UEFA placing restrictions on the amount that clubs can spend (with books to be balanced over a rolling three year period) are the latest in a worrying trend of...
Carlos Santos
1 June 2010
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The so-called Keynesian consensus that seemed to emerge following Obama’s stimulus package, was a short-lived one. Governments, mainly in the eurozone shatter belt, are dropping the same...
Kristian Niemietz
28 May 2010
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“The purpose of my life here is to improve the quality of life of the worst off in society.” Such ambitious rhetoric is not unusual for new incumbents at the Department for Work and...
Tim Congdon
26 May 2010
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In the 15 years to 2007, the British economy had on average faster growth (by about 0.5% to 0.75% a year) than its large European neighbours. A similarly benign context of rising trend output and...