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Philip Booth
5 January 2016
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Whether you are a green activist or a poverty campaigner, energy policy under the Thatcher-Major-Blair governments was a striking success. Between 1990 and 1999, prices for domestic consumers fell by...
Kristian Niemietz
24 December 2015
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As a teenager, I used to read a magazine which had a rubric called “Whatever happened to…”, which was dedicated to the forgotten pop stars of yesteryear. These were usually artists...
Ryan Bourne
23 December 2015
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As the referendum gets closer, we will hear lots about whether Britain could flourish economically outside the EU. On the face of it, the answer is obviously yes. Countries inside and outside show...
Ryan Bourne
22 December 2015
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News outlets regularly report evidence of ‘gender pay gaps’ or figures showing women or people of certain ethnic origins are ‘under-represented’ in certain industries. Earlier...
Len Shackleton
21 December 2015
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The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee is conducting an investigation into the Gender Pay Gap (GPG). Among the proposals it is considering are an extension of mandatory reporting of...
Philip Booth
18 December 2015
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Pope Francis has frequently described the present global financial system as an “economy that kills”. He often specifically criticises speculation on food prices. Addressing the UN this...
Christopher Snowdon
17 December 2015
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George Orwell defined ‘doublethink’ as the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time and to believe that both are true. For example, most of us are at least vaguely aware...
Ryan Bourne
16 December 2015
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If markets are so great, why do firms exist at all? To a non-economist, that might seem like a bizarre thing to ask. Yet the growth of the misleadingly named “sharing economy” is making...
Philip Booth
15 December 2015
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The world often seems to be scared of deflation and, arguably, this creates an asymmetric bias towards inflation. For example, at the beginning of the 21st century, after the dotcom crash, there was...
Steve Davies
14 December 2015
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Many think that the work of academic economists has little or no relevance to real world problems. Yet the insights of economics can show us how to resolve problems that otherwise seem intractable. A...
Kristian Niemietz
11 December 2015
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When we talk about ‘Christmas traditions’, we are really talking about a hotchpotch of traditions from different cultures and different eras. The ancient Romans and Greeks already...
Ryan Bourne
10 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX.   Julia Hartley-Brewer the other day ridiculed a guaranteed basic income – the idea that we should replace the welfare state with a cash payment...
Ryan Bourne
9 December 2015
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s decision to give away 99 per cent of their $45bn Facebook wealth has received a mixed reaction. One would have thought that, among right-on opinion, the...
Philip Booth
8 December 2015
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The Good Right’s Good Press Tim Montgomerie’s “The Good Right” certainly gets a good press. Like, for example, the fair trade movement, nobody can argue that they made a hash...
Ryan Bourne
7 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX. When the Commonwealth Fund ranked the UK first for healthcare among developed countries last year, left-wing commentators waxed lyrical about our socialised...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2015
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Every 14 July, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which kick-started the French Revolution. ‘Bastille Day’ is not just a bank holiday. It is part of France’s national...
David Campbell
3 December 2015
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As the Paris Conference of the Parties to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change progresses, it would seem that most of those promoting the policy of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...
Rob Gibson
2 December 2015
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Poor people in developing countries are the modern day equivalents of serfs in early modern Europe, but instead of the ‘divine rights of kings’ they contend with the ‘development...
Christopher Snowdon
1 December 2015
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A tax on sugar - and on sugary drinks in particular - has become a cornerstone of the campaign for tobacco-style regulation of the food supply. The arguments against such an intervention are now well...
Len Shackleton
30 November 2015
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Real apprenticeships provide skills which workers can take to other employers and obtain a wage higher than they would have earned otherwise. Historically, they were paid for by binding young...