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Ryan Bourne
27 October 2015
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With the Prime Minister apparently arranging panicked meetings of special advisers to aid the floundering Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, the UK’s EU referendum debate is effectively...
Ryan Bourne
20 October 2015
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Politicians spend much of their time worrying about repeating the political mistakes of their predecessors. In recent weeks, Conservative MPs have mused over whether changes to tax credits could have...
Ryan Bourne
14 October 2015
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When major political parties agree on an issue, worry. For the past decade, “social mobility” – the movement of individuals to different positions in society – has been said...
Ryan Bourne
6 October 2015
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Having won a majority, and with Labour’s new leader polling worse than any in history, one might have expected a jubilant Conservative party conference. But scratch beneath the surface in...
Ryan Bourne
1 October 2015
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Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell are desperate to be seen as economically credible. As part of this, on Sunday Labour announced the creation of a new economics committee made up...
Ryan Bourne
29 September 2015
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has a new economic committee, made up of high-profile names such as Danny Blanchflower, Simon Wren-Lewis, Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz and Mariana Mazzucato. As...
Ryan Bourne
24 September 2015
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Last year, I wrote on this blog about the government’s proposed 5p plastic bag levy (set to come into force this October). At the time, I sought to analyse the economic case for such a proposal...
Ryan Bourne
22 September 2015
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In a centralised country like ours, regional and local politics will always play second fiddle to national events, such as stories about what the Prime Minister did at university. Having said that,...
Ryan Bourne
4 September 2015
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In recent times the government has chosen to jump on the bandwagon of supposed ‘scandals’ regarding business practices. A couple of weeks ago it was the furore surrounding boarding passes...
Ryan Bourne
1 September 2015
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Unlike many other advocates of free markets, I quite like Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason. His journalistic approach, informative yet editorialised towards his own opinions, is...
Ryan Bourne
27 August 2015
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We live in a world where big ideas are disdained. The term ‘ideologue’ is hurled as abuse, and mainstream politicians embrace ‘pragmatism’ and tell us they are not interested...
Ryan Bourne
25 August 2015
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"Jeremy Corbyn wins economists’ backing for radical plan” thundered the Observer’s front page on Sunday. As I meandered around the supermarket, I did a double-take. Would...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2015
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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “public debate” about renationalisation, in particular of the railways but even of energy firms. As with others occupying the...
Ryan Bourne
28 July 2015
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The Republican Party must be tearing its hair out. For years, visitors from the US have extolled the strength of the party’s potential Presidential candidates for 2016. The pack is certainly...
Ryan Bourne
14 July 2015
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George Osborne’s desired message was clear. He claimed last week’s Budget was a new settlement for a “higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country”. The Tory media duly...
Ryan Bourne
9 July 2015
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I had a Telegraph blog published this morning detailing my initial reaction to George Osborne’s new ‘National Living Wage’ (NLW) for over-25s announced yesterday. In it, I...
Ryan Bourne
7 July 2015
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With £12bn of working age welfare cuts expected in this Budget, Conservative voices are clamouring for the “Living Wage” to be used as a means of reducing in-work poverty. In the...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2015
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Nothing is certain in life but death and the annual claim that the poorest fifth of households pay the highest proportion of their incomes in taxes. Each year, when the ONS publishes its ‘...
Ryan Bourne
25 June 2015
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Child poverty (measured as children living in a household below 60 per cent of median income) has remained unchanged. But in recent days, as it was expected to have risen, it has been said the...
Ryan Bourne
23 June 2015
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Bruce Springsteen may have been “Born in the USA”, but he says he’d prefer the US to be more like Sweden. With its generous welfare state, many hold up the Swedes, and other...