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Philip Booth
28 February 2014
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With the election phoney war now under way, it appears that the main issue dividing the parties will be the cost of living. Unfortunately, politicians seem to have no real ambition to resolve the...
Philip Booth
20 February 2014
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After the financial crisis regulators, central bankers and politicians all agreed that we needed more financial regulation. Despite their failings they wanted their powers enhanced – especially...
Philip Booth
17 February 2014
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Bishop Pat Lynch is absolutely right to be concerned about whether migrants, asylum-seekers and those in great need will be able to get health care as a result of government reforms. The principles...
Philip Booth
14 February 2014
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In the dark days of the 1970s, Labour MPs Jeff Rooker, then aged just 36, and Audrey Wise engineered an important rebellion against Denis Healey’s 1977 Finance Act. They ensured that...
Philip Booth
6 February 2014
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It is highly likely that the Scottish people will wake up after the votes have been counted in September’s referendum with their status as citizens of the United Kingdom confirmed. That outcome...
Philip Booth
23 January 2014
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Those on the left of the political spectrum argue that many of the world’s problems are caused by big business exploiting the poor. Those who support a free economy, meanwhile, lay many of the...
Philip Booth
22 January 2014
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A preview from the Spring 2014 issue of EA Magazine. Marginal tax rates and income: new time series evidence Karel Mertens Available from: http://www.economics.cornell.edu/km426/papers/MTRI_article....
Philip Booth
17 January 2014
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Today Ed Miliband made a speech on policy in UK banking. There is much wrong with that market and important reforms should involve ensuring that the providers of capital to banks always...
Philip Booth
6 January 2014
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Next year, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the former Competition Commission (CC) will be unified. The old joke ‘why is there only one monopolies commission?’ will ring true from...
Philip Booth
23 December 2013
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Pope Francis's Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is a manifesto for evangelisation that challenges every reader at every point in the development of the narrative. In nearly all parts of...
Philip Booth
18 December 2013
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  Mutuals and co-operatives have been promoted as the acceptable side of business by both arms of the coalition. Nick Clegg has lauded the Waitrose and John Lewis model. Advisers to David...
Philip Booth
9 December 2013
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Pope Francis had some dismissive things to say about the market economy and globalisation in his apostolic exhortation. Disappointingly, however, there was much use of the rhetorical tactic of...
Philip Booth
29 November 2013
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In a recent conference held at the IEA, there was much discussion of the Great Recession. How can we interpret the recent recession and how can George Osborne’s Autumn Statement help us get out...
Philip Booth
28 November 2013
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In recent weeks, there has been much fuss created by a group of students – supported it would seem by the Guardian and by people such as Ha-Joon Chang – who are complaining about their...
Philip Booth and Richard Wellings
19 November 2013
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If we look at the performance of high-tax Western countries – which includes, amongst others, every EU country, plus the US – it is grim. These are the countries which, despite their high...
Philip Booth
13 November 2013
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In a recent poll, there was strong support for the renationalisation of both the railways and the energy industry. In both cases, renationalisation would be a strange step back into the dark ages of...
Philip Booth
12 November 2013
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Fr. Timothy Radcliffe gave the high-profile Romero Lecture last week in which he said many good, sensitive and important things about the poor. Not surprisingly, though, the lecture also made many...
Philip Booth
31 October 2013
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Barely a day goes by without a government attack on the private sector. Yesterday saw the publication of a report proposing charge capping for pension funds. Management fees levied by pension...
Philip Booth
28 October 2013
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The British energy industry has gone from nationalisation to privatisation and back to government control in the space of 25 years. Although the energy industry is nominally in private hands, we...
Philip Booth
21 October 2013
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has spoken out about the use of non-“Qualified Teachers” in free schools. I am being somewhat careful with my punctuation and capitalisation to make it...