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Diego Zuluaga
9 November 2015
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Prime Minister David Cameron announced that fast broadband access - at speeds of at least 10 megabytes per second - will become a legal right of all residents in the United Kingdom by 2020....
Ryan Bourne
3 November 2015
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It's “Living Wage Week”. For seven days, the Living Wage Foundation’s campaign for employers to pay workers at least £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London) receives...
Kristian Niemietz
30 October 2015
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On 10 October 2015, European Students for Liberty held their London Regional Conference. The IEA’s Kristian Niemietz gave a presentation on free market solutions to poverty, on which the...
Kristian Niemietz
25 September 2015
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The greenbelt is a sacred cow, right? Everybody loves the greenbelt, everybody wants to see it protected, and everybody knows it. A politician advocating a relaxation of greenbelt constraints might...
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,...
Len Shackleton
10 September 2015
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Some of us were hopeful that following the election, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills might be closed down. Vince Cable was an inveterate meddler, but it was hoped that his successor...
Mark Littlewood
21 August 2015
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The technological breakthrough of e-cigarettes has placed the medical establishment and taxpayer-funded public health advocates in a bit of a quandary.  The agreed strategy to date has been to...
Carlo Stagnaro and Philip Booth
20 July 2015
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The British retail markets for electricity and gas are not delivering. But is the proposed cure better than the disease itself? The Competition & Markets Authority has recently released its...
Christopher Snowdon
16 July 2015
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Sugar is much in the news at the moment, with the British Medical Association calling for a tax on sugary drinks and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition expected to announce new advice on...
Len Shackleton
15 July 2015
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Many British critics of the EU have argued for making significant repatriation of government powers over employment regulation a key element in David Cameron’s renegotiation of the relationship...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
3 July 2015
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A new study about supposed anti-competitive practices in the online search market, co-authored by net neutrality guru Tim Wu, has made headlines in recent days. The study contains a number of claims...
Philip Booth
1 July 2015
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In Part 1 of this post, I looked at the way international financial regulation encouraged complexity and regulatory capture. In this part, I look at the problems of herd behaviour and the making of...
Philip Booth
24 June 2015
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In the last 30 years there has been a huge movement towards the internationalisation of financial regulation. This manifests itself at the EU level but also more widely. If you were to use a random...
Len Shackleton
12 June 2015
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The government’s attempts to reduce immigration are not succeeding. In a piece of classic displacement activity, it now seems determined to impose ever more irksome obligations on business....
Philip Booth
26 May 2015
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There is no shortage of commentators who blame Mrs Thatcher’s supposed deregulation of the City for the crash of 2008. From senior politicians to the leading left-leaning blogs, many have put...
Christopher Snowdon
20 May 2015
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Do you remember the great booze scare of 2004-05? Think back, you must recall it. The prophecies of doom about ‘24 hour drinking’ were everywhere. Shortly before the Licensing Act came...
Serena Sileoni
6 May 2015
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In his book The Antitrust Paradox, Robert H. Bork recalls a lawyer’s quip which compared antitrust authorities to the sheriff of a rowdy Western frontier town: The sheriff does not always have...
Philip Booth and Alberto Mingardi
1 May 2015
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The anti-trust authorities are continuing to try to police the high tech markets. But are they up to the job? The new investigation opened by the European Commission into Google’s market...
Victor Chukwuemeka
27 April 2015
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In the run up to the election, the Labour Party has addressed the most critical problem facing the ‘lost generation’, i.e. Britain’s young cohorts. Milliband has reaffirmed that...