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James Stanfield
28 August 2009
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The issue of tuition fees in higher education is again a hot topic and it is unlikely to be resolved in the near future. This is not because it is unimportant for universities. Instead, for...
Philip Booth
27 August 2009
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This little gem recently came to my attention:    The Pythagorean Theorem has 24 words. The ten commandments (English version) contain 138 words. US regulations about cabbages...
John Blundell
26 August 2009
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If you had told me that an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message had been published in 2005; that its theme could not be more topical today as Americans...
Art Carden and Joshua Hall
25 August 2009
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The International Labor Organization and other groups argue that the absence of international labour standards makes it harder for the world’s poor to escape poverty; further,...
Tom Papworth
24 August 2009
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Egalitarians are enjoying the financial crisis, digging up old ideas that have long since had their day. Last week Compass launched its campaign for a High Pay Commission to curb “excessive...
Len Shackleton
21 August 2009
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Compass, a left-wing pressure group, has added to the continuing squabble over pay by calling for a High Pay Commission. Its proposals have attracted support from a wide range of commentators and...
Kristian Niemietz
19 August 2009
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A new word has recently entered the English language: Obamacare. It does not yet appear in any dictionary, probably because nobody yet knows its precise meaning. But judging from the proposals...
Peter King
17 August 2009
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Gordon Brown recently signalled a shift in public policy away from performance targets and towards entitlements. He argued we should place access to health, education, housing and welfare on the...
Philip Booth
14 August 2009
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In the row over Daniel Hannan’s comments on the NHS, David Cameron said: “Millions of people are grateful for the care they have received from the NHS – including my own family.” I suppose...
D. R. Myddelton
14 August 2009
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The latest news from Europe on the progress of the recession is both good and bad. The good news is that in France and Germany the recession is over. The French and German economies both grew by 0.3...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2009
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Machynlleth, a small town in Wales, is under attack from a vicious superpower. The Guardian’s local correspondent reports first hand from the heart of the combat zone:   “it...
Len Shackleton
12 August 2009
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The Times tells us that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is demanding that food retailers agree to tough targets on reducing food waste, or else face legislation...
Bruno Prior
10 August 2009
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Aggregation is the ignis fatuus of modern modes of thought. Sums beguile. Averages bamboozle. Reality is found at the margins.
Bruno Prior
10 August 2009
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Aggregation is the ignis fatuus of modern modes of thought. Sums beguile. Averages bamboozle. Reality is found at the margins. Take the government’s plans for wind-power to supply around 22%...
Richard Wellings
7 August 2009
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●  Tim Congdon analyses Britain’s public debt crisis   ●  George Selgin suggests the US economy would be better off without the Federal Reserve    ●...
Tom Papworth
6 August 2009
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The Bank of England’s decision to pump an additional £50 billion into the economy, over and above the £125 billion earlier this year, has been accompanied by the sound of...
Peter King
6 August 2009
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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) announced today that they had changed their forecast on house prices for 2009, and that instead of a fall they now foresee a...
Kristian Niemietz
5 August 2009
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Allister Heath once labelled Gordon Brown “a man who seems to love making simple things as complicated as possible”. A recent analysis of the benefit system by the Centre for Policy...
D. R. Myddelton
4 August 2009
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Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat spokesman on finance, says he wouldn’t increase total taxes to help deal with huge projected government deficits. Instead he wants “fairer” taxes...
Kristian Niemietz
3 August 2009
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Nobody likes competition when it takes place in their own backyard. Tax-hungry government officials are by no means an exception. If their counterparts abroad, either by insight or by lack of...