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Kristian Niemietz
17 April 2013
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The conventional wisdom in the mainstream poverty literature is that Margaret Thatcher’s policies caused an explosion of poverty. As one standard work puts it: ‘During the 1960s, just...
Matthew Sinclair
2 March 2012
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The satirical website the Daily Mash has revealed shock news: ‘Greedy people have more stuff, say experts’. They were reporting on an actual study at the University of...
Mark Pennington
20 December 2011
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I am no fan of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which one or two libertarians not with standing, is a gathering of the ‘usual suspects’ on the reactionary left. That said...
Christopher Snowdon
9 December 2011
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This week, the OECD issued a press release headlined ‘Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor’. The report it heralded focused on the causes of growing inequality in...
Mark Pennington
11 November 2011
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Recently I looked at some data on the changes in top division/Premier League footballers (soccer players for Americans) pay between 1985 and 2010 here in the UK. According to figures compiled by...
Kristian Niemietz
31 October 2011
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The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has earned itself a reputation as the sworn enemy of economic growth and consumption. In blending neo-Malthusian resource alarmism with relentless nagging about...
Kristian Niemietz
30 August 2011
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Being too busy torching, looting and vandalising, the London rioters and their offshoots in other cities could not be bothered to prepare banners expressing their ‘political demands’,...
Mark Pennington
29 March 2011
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Classical liberals claim that theories of justice must be judged by their practical capacity to facilitate positive sum games in society and to eliminate scope for the exercise of inconsistent and...
Chris Snowdon
2 February 2011
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In the preface to their best-selling book The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett compare what they call their ‘discovery’ that ‘more equal societies almost always do...
Mark Pennington
1 February 2011
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The recent Cancun climate change conference attracted much less media attention than last year’s event in Copenhagen. Green activists and some politicians, however, continue to press for...
Kristian Niemietz
30 November 2010
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There are lies, damned lies, and, the saying goes, statistics. And then there are statistical claims made by Polly Toynbee. Toynbee embraces the government’s plan to publish figures on the...
Peter King
8 November 2010
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Despite the comments yesterday from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the coalition’s decision to introduce a limited form of workfare into the UK benefits system is a huge step forward....
Kristian Niemietz
7 October 2010
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Imagine the IEA issued a publication asserting that material hardship was no longer an issue in the developed world. The least well-off were enjoying such high levels of material comfort that we...
Christopher Snowdon
27 September 2010
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He didn’t mention the book by name. He didn’t need to. When Ed Miliband used his first speech as Labour leader to declare that “the gap between rich and poor doesn’t just...
Kristian Niemietz
17 August 2010
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If you haven’t read a book that made you laugh out loud on the bus or the Tube in a while, try Christopher Snowdon’s superb release, The Spirit Level Delusion (SLD). But the book...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2010
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From the moment Frank Field raised doubts about the validity of relative poverty measures, the outrage industry has been up in arms against him. The poverty enquiry which Field will conduct for the...
Philip Booth
28 December 2009
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Yesterday I appeared on the Radio 4 Sunday Programme. The programme is available online on the BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnbd until 2 January. It...
Daniel Waxman
27 July 2009
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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...
Peter King
22 July 2009
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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...