Blog

Search

Tom Papworth
6 August 2009
11 comments

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
2 comments

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
72 comments

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
40 comments

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
8 comments

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...
Steven Kates
30 July 2009
15 comments

What we call “Keynesian” economics is not some minor sub-division of economic theory but is the very essence of macroeconomics itself. Keynes in 1936 had one central idea in writing his...
Richard Wellings
29 July 2009
18 comments

The government recently announced a series of measures designed to make Britain a low-carbon economy, including a large expansion of renewable energy (primarily wind), grants for better home...
Helen Evans
28 July 2009
14 comments

Not a day goes by now without the UK press having story after story about necessary and impending public spending cuts to solve our problematic national debt. Although there is much speculation...
Daniel Waxman
27 July 2009
6 comments

Conventional wisdom has it that inequality between the rich and the poor has grown substantially in recent years, and that this is a trend which should concern all right-thinking people. A timely...
Philip Booth
24 July 2009
4 comments

It was recently reported that over 50 pubs a week were closing as a result of an increase in beer tax. There seems to be some surprise that private sector economic activity is reducing (ignoring the...
Philip Booth
23 July 2009
2 comments

If you want to get on the front page of the BBC website and all over the news one morning then run an economic forecasting model with all the spurious accuracy and doubtful assumptions about...
Peter King
22 July 2009
14 comments

I turned on the Today Programme yesterday morning and my heart sank: the main story was about how “too many” children from wealthy families were going into the professions and that the...
Len Shackleton
21 July 2009
8 comments

It was a disagreeable experience to hear Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, attempting to justify the Commission’s stance on the “public benefit” test for...
Azhar Aslam and Shaista Kazmi
16 July 2009
7 comments

The status of women in the Muslim world is a controversial subject. The position accorded to women by Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet differs vastly from practice within various Muslim...
Richard Wellings
15 July 2009
13 comments

The development economist Peter Bauer famously observed that “Aid is the process by which poor people in rich countries subsidise rich people in poor countries.” Indeed there is a wealth...
Richard Wellings
14 July 2009
comments

●  John Blundell on the need to guard think tanks against undue influence   ●  Roger Bate explains why Britain is sailing towards the icebergs    ●  Tim...
Peter King
13 July 2009
12 comments

One of the more troubling developments in politics over the last few years is the desire of those on the Right to be seen as “progressive” and to argue for “change”. Indeed...
Philip Vander Elst
10 July 2009
6 comments

Is there a strong connection between statism and supranationalism? At a time of rising taxation, increased state control over the banking system, and ever-closer European integration, it is a...
Kristian Niemietz
9 July 2009
8 comments

We all know the tune. Private schools are a hotbed of elitism, pillars of a neo-feudal class system where people’s position in life is determined by birth and family name, not merit. Not so,...
Len Shackleton
8 July 2009
12 comments

The Department for Work and Pensions has been conducting an experiment which involves sending out bogus applications for 1,000 jobs nationwide. In each case it has sent out two applications, with...