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Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2013
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When you watch or listen to a political debate programme, and you hear someone saying something like ‘I am not against all development, but…’ or ‘I don’t dispute the...
Len Shackleton
5 November 2013
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It’s Living Wage week, and many are endorsing the principle of raising low pay, whether by boosting the minimum wage, or by forcing local authorities and pressuring other private employers to...
David S. D’Amato
4 November 2013
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The peculiarities of the United States’ recurrent debt ceiling disputes stem from the Great War, when Congress resolved to allow the Department of the Treasury to issue bonds up to a certain...
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...
Stephen Littlechild
29 October 2013
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Energy prices keep rising. Prime Ministers and energy ministers, past and present, all propose their own solutions, although there is little agreement on the cause of the problem. The latest proposal...
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
17 October 2013
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It is always pleasing to publish an IEA monograph and find that the subject is being talked about for months or years after publication. Very often, of course, the true measure of success is that the...
Philip Booth
11 October 2013
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I am currently attending a conference on the future of financial regulation being held by the Irish central bank in Dublin. We are hearing from the regulators about the importance of global...
Richard Wellings
4 October 2013
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The government’s deregulation programme doesn’t seem to be progressing very well. Indeed during the recent party conference season numerous additional regulatory burdens were proposed....
Philip Booth
18 September 2013
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Economists should be humbled by Friedrich Hayek’s famous plea: “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design...
Kristian Niemietz
6 September 2013
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Unemployment and underemployment in the UK are still far too high. But given the circumstances, the UK’s labour market is in a far better shape than we might have expected. In much of Europe,...
Philip Booth
23 August 2013
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Once again, a major mis-selling scandal has broken out, with 13 high street banks and credit card issuers facing a £1.3bn redress bill for mis-sold card protection policies. No amount of...
Christopher Snowdon
22 August 2013
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A register of lobbyists would be an expensive bureaucratic folly that would serve no useful purpose. There may be a perception that lobbying in Britain is of scandalous proportions, but that does not...
Kristian Niemietz
21 August 2013
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Monday saw the release of a report by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) showing what many already expected. In recent years, child-related expenses have risen considerably, with the cost of...
Steve Davies
20 August 2013
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There are some ideas that keep on coming back, even though they are foolish and have always had bad results whenever they are tried. Rent control is one of these. Whenever it has been tried it has...
Len Shackleton
2 August 2013
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I wonder what those famously cynical private eyes Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would have made of the new regulations which Theresa May is imposing on their British equivalents? It was announced this...
Kristian Niemietz
1 August 2013
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  Milton Friedman once observed that, “with some notable exceptions, businessmen favour free enterprise in general, but are opposed to it when it comes to themselves.” With this in...
Kristian Niemietz
25 July 2013
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The battle of the generations is raging. Did the Baby Boomers have an easier life? Or are the cosseted members of Generation Y – the demographic cohort born from the early 1980s onwards...
e-cigarettes, snus, harm reduction
Christopher Snowdon
11 July 2013
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Are free markets incompatible with good health? To hear some of the rhetoric that comes from the medical establishment, you might think so. If the solution to every problem involves banning...
Kristian Niemietz
8 July 2013
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Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna is the latest politician to jump on the anti-retail-chain bandwagon, claiming that Britain is ‘in danger of sleepwalking towards monostreet’. Umunna...