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Christopher Snowdon
24 April 2015
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Barack Obama is said to have described inequality as the 'defining challenge of our time' and Ed Miliband has made it a central theme of his election campaign. But what form of inequality do...
Christopher Snowdon
23 April 2015
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Income inequality is usually measured by the Gini coefficient. The Gini goes from 0 to 100, with 0 representing total equality (everybody having exactly the same income) and 100 representing total...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
22 April 2015
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Ever since the new European Commission took over at the end of last year, TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) has been the talk of the town in Brussels. Like Jean-Claude...
Andrew Lilico
21 April 2015
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Simon Wren-Lewis, a professor at Oxford and an active blogger, is a long-standing opponent of the Coalition’s economic strategy.  He is currently running a series of blogs on what he terms...
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Coyne
21 April 2015
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In mid-March, the The Guardian ran the headline: “Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, Nasa scientist warns.” Similar headlines ran throughout the US and led to a...
Philip Booth
21 April 2015
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Perhaps there is one thing worse than somebody who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing – it is a politician who believes that they know what the price of everything should be...
Andrew Lilico
17 April 2015
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We start with a world in which firms in high-status sectors such as the arts, media, finance and law provide a little on-the-job training for some people. The firms do this partly as a service...
Philip Booth
16 April 2015
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We are frequently given quite pessimistic assessments of the environment and of the world economy through Vatican documents, lectures and homilies. Sometimes these are designed to make us think or...
Kristian Niemietz
15 April 2015
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-“Suppose it could be proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a private for-profit healthcare provider offers better care than NHS providers in the same area. Should NHS patients have a...
Mark Littlewood
14 April 2015
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There are still 23 days to go, and the signs are bleak. Astonishingly, the rest of this election campaign could be even more trivial, insubstantial and tedious than we have witnessed to date. This...
Philip Booth
13 April 2015
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The Catholic Bishops’ General Election advice called on Catholics to support a “robust National Health Service on which we can all rely”. This is something of an about-turn. When...
Philip Booth
10 April 2015
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We have a tax system that is badly designed in principle and far too complex in practice. It is completely unreasonable for politicians to blame individuals and companies who try to minimise their...
Ryan Bourne
9 April 2015
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Another day, another story about the NHS struggling. Analysis for the Health Foundation found yesterday that improvements in hospital efficiency in recent years had been way below what was...
Jonathan Stanley
8 April 2015
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The sham debate about the spectre of ‘NHS privatisation’ has come back with such a vengeance this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was an election ahead. While the...
Ryan Bourne
7 April 2015
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In the aftermath of the Cold War, we were told that capitalism had won. Communism had been defeated, and we were entering Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History” – with capitalist...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2015
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Nigel Crisp knows the NHS better than almost anyone. In his role as its chief executive (2000-2006), he oversaw the formulation and, partly, the implementation of transformative reforms. His book 24...
Ryan Bourne
1 April 2015
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Robert Peston is currently running a piece entitled: ‘Who to trust - business leaders or economists?’ regarding the election and broad economic strategy on the BBC website. This morning...
Eduardo Belgrano
1 April 2015
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We can probably safely say that those who still believe that Greece will repay the €320bn+ it owes can be counted with the fingers of one hand. What is really puzzling is why Greek politicians...
Philip Booth
31 March 2015
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The Christian group Care has regularly published a report on the taxation of families in Britain and other developed countries. Its last report concluded that single-earner married couples...
Kristian Niemietz
30 March 2015
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There has been a lot of speculation about where the Conservatives’ headline £12bn of welfare savings should come from. I suspect that the party’s unwillingness to provide any...