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Peter King
20 April 2010
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George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, in their recent book Animal Spirits, argued that economists tend to focus on what is seen as a departure from the accepted model or norm rather than focusing on...
Andrew Melnyk
19 April 2010
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Several newspapers (e.g. the Guardian and the Telegraph) have recently carried obituaries of the English philosopher Antony Flew. These obituaries have emphasized the remarkable change of mind by...
Philip Booth
15 April 2010
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Now all three major parties have launched their manifestos it’s clear that no one is being honest about the true state of the country’s finances. The Conservative manifesto is scarcely...
Philip Booth
14 April 2010
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One obvious place to look for big society initiatives in the Conservative manifesto was the section on sport. This does not bode well. We seem to have a simple playing to the gallery with “big...
Kristian Niemietz
13 April 2010
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The Economist has repeatedly criticised the Conservative Party’s proposal to permit married couples to pool their income tax allowances. The plan would benefit single-breadwinner families...
Philip Booth
12 April 2010
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All three major parties are entering the election campaign with similar plans for cutting the deficit. The timing and magnitude of proposed deficit cuts are slightly different but all the plans...
Ruth Porter
9 April 2010
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Cameron’s “National Service” plans are not the answer to youth social problems. The Conservatives’ “Broken Britain” narrative rightly diagnoses that “...
Len Shackleton
8 April 2010
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A leader in yesterday’s Financial Times calls upon President Zuma to act decisively to prevent Eugene Terre’Blanche’s death opening up rifts in South Africa’s fragile polity...
Peter King
7 April 2010
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Most of us are interested in politics because we believe in something, whether this is liberty, free markets or personal responsibility. We see our involvement in politics as putting forward...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2010
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George Osborne’s announcement that he intends to reverse the increase in National Insurance Contributions has rightfully received applause from a number of business leaders, who called...
Mark Littlewood
1 April 2010
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Tory leader David Cameron scored well on rhetoric yesterday – but fell down badly on detail. His vision is of “a society where the leading force for progress is social...
Philip Booth
31 March 2010
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On Newsnight last night there was a long feature by Paul Mason with comment by Phillip Blond about so-called new forms of capitalism. The piece consisted of Paul Mason going round various businesses...
Len Shackleton
30 March 2010
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If clubs make a hash of things it should be no business of ministers When politicians interfere in sport it’s the mark of a Middle Eastern dictator with psychopathic sons or a Soviet bloc...
Mark Littlewood
29 March 2010
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The current flirtation of the main political parties with cuts cannot hope to solve Britain’s financial problems. We need to take dramatic action and make substantial structural changes over...
Philip Booth
26 March 2010
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Anthony Hilton was certainly right to call my comment about the government’s proposed green investment bank “waspish” in the Evening Standard yesterday. He also suggested that it...
Terry Arthur
26 March 2010
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This book is a must for anyone with an interest in the role of government and the extent to which it can, and does, detach itself from the purpose of serving the population over which it presides....
the IEA
24 March 2010
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“Politicians are not talking seriously about the need for dramatic and speedy cuts in public expenditure. A few billion here and a few billion there are nowhere near enough to restore...
Philip Booth
23 March 2010
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            This interview with Philip Booth was conducted by Reuters for their Great Debate blog. 
Mark Littlewood
19 March 2010
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A new report from Policy Exchange (strapline: David Cameron’s favourite think tank) has apparently “re-ignited” the “controversial” debate about tobacco...
Richard Wellings
17 March 2010
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The heavily publicised deaths of two teenagers in Lincolnshire who took mephedrone (known as “meow meow”) has led to calls for the drug to be banned. Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling...