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Len Shackleton
6 January 2010
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British households have received more than 180 million free or subsidised light bulbs in the last eighteen months from energy companies. Many if not most of these are lying idle, as the government...
Dan Mitchell
5 January 2010
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Peter King
4 January 2010
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The left, we might think, has had a bad time of it intellectually over the last 15 years: socialism has collapsed, Marxism has little or no credibility and supposedly left of centre governments...
Richard Wellings
31 December 2009
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" ●  The IEA’s climate change debate, featuring Nigel Lawson and S. Fred Singer, is now online (videos) ●  Mark Littlewood talks to Al Jazeera about the state of the UK...
Steven Kates
30 December 2009
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To die at 94, still compos mentis, still engaged in the economic debate, is astonishing. Some people seem to be born lucky, and Samuelson was one of those people. Paul Samuelson taught Keynesian...
Philip Booth
28 December 2009
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Yesterday I appeared on the Radio 4 Sunday Programme. The programme is available online on the BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnbd until 2 January. It...
Philip Booth
24 December 2009
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One of the more irritating suggestions that people make in the debate about “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is that “businesses should put something back into society...
Kristian Niemietz
21 December 2009
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I once saw a strange movie about a woman who made up a fictitious son and convinced everyone in her village that he existed. She tells anecdotes about him all the time, so vividly that in the...
Peter King
17 December 2009
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It is now almost exactly 30 years since one of Mrs Thatcher’s iconic social policies was launched. On 20 December 1979 the Conservative government published a Housing Bill which included the...
Kristian Niemietz
16 December 2009
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The UK still has a higher proportion of children living in workless households than any other member state of the EU-27. This is the result of an unfortunate combination of two circumstances: first...
Steven Kates
15 December 2009
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Peter Clarke was Professor of Modern British History at Cambridge and is the author of one of the leading texts on the Keynesian Revolution. He has now written a biography, Keynes: The Twentieth...
Terry Arthur
14 December 2009
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Most people view the “democratic deficit” as imperfections in the way that voters’ wishes are communicated to governments (and governments’ failure in translating them)....
Len Shackleton
11 December 2009
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Two or three weeks back I wrote briefly about the latest figures on the gender pay gap, basing my comments on an ONS press release. Earlier this week I attended an ESRC conference on gender...
IEA
9 December 2009
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Alistair Darling has failed to take the tough decisions to tackle the country’s enormous budget deficit. According to Mark Littlewood, the IEA’s Director General, “A tax on bankers...
Richard Wellings
9 December 2009
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Alistair Darling is staring into the abyss. Unless he makes severe cuts to government spending there is a real risk he will plunge the UK into another economic crisis. Without a credible commitment...
Tom Papworth
8 December 2009
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Countries trade on their reputations. It is not just the number of eager, materialistic consumers that causes businesses to invest in one country as opposed to another. The hospitality of the host...
Kristian Niemietz
7 December 2009
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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which some label the government’s “drug rationing body”, recently barred an expensive liver cancer drug from being...
John Blundell
4 December 2009
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I approached SuperFreakonomics with great hope but also mild trepidation. The great hope was that Levitt and Dubner had pulled it off again after the incredible (and well-deserved) success of...
Philip Booth
3 December 2009
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I have blogged before on Phillip Blond - I am not just jumping on the bandwagon after the launch of ResPublica. But it is interesting that his philosophy seems to have...
Tom Papworth
2 December 2009
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The government’s economic recovery policy consisted of two tracks: one, a vastly expensive “fiscal stimulus“, involved ramping up spending at a time when tax revenues were falling...