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Philip Booth
26 September 2009
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The UK government has told the Football Association that it does not like its performance. Apparently it is not doing enough to advance the women’s game and for youth development, amongst...
Kristian Niemietz
17 September 2009
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What’s the easiest way for a government to push their country into the top ten in a worldwide ranking of economic freedom? Coupling unpopular reforms (such as spending cuts) with popular ones...
Peter King
16 September 2009
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The debate on the future of public spending is a developing one, with Gordon Brown finally being forced to use the “c” word. However, there is still no real attempt to state what and how...
Philip Booth
14 September 2009
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The Institute of Directors and the Taxpayers’ Alliance have just produced a report on cutting public spending by £50billion. The report makes excellent reading and is possibly the first...
Richard Wellings
10 September 2009
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From China to California, the current slump has been marked by enthusiasm for high-speed rail. Projects typically form part of some kind of “Keynesian” stimulus package. Here in Britain...
Charles K. Rowley
7 September 2009
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In our monograph, Economic Contractions in the United States: A Failure of Government, Nathanael Smith and I evaluate and categorically reject the hypothesis that a failure of laissez-faire...
Richard Wellings
3 September 2009
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Fuel duty rose by 2p this week, the third increase in the last ten months. Governments tend to view petrol taxes as a convenient source of revenue when budget deficits are high. Indeed, the last...
Philip Booth
27 August 2009
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This little gem recently came to my attention:    The Pythagorean Theorem has 24 words. The ten commandments (English version) contain 138 words. US regulations about cabbages...
John Blundell
26 August 2009
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If you had told me that an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message had been published in 2005; that its theme could not be more topical today as Americans...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2009
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Machynlleth, a small town in Wales, is under attack from a vicious superpower. The Guardian’s local correspondent reports first hand from the heart of the combat zone:   “it...
Peter King
6 August 2009
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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) announced today that they had changed their forecast on house prices for 2009, and that instead of a fall they now foresee a...
D. R. Myddelton
4 August 2009
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Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat spokesman on finance, says he wouldn’t increase total taxes to help deal with huge projected government deficits. Instead he wants “fairer” taxes...
Kristian Niemietz
3 August 2009
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Nobody likes competition when it takes place in their own backyard. Tax-hungry government officials are by no means an exception. If their counterparts abroad, either by insight or by lack of...
Philip Booth
24 July 2009
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It was recently reported that over 50 pubs a week were closing as a result of an increase in beer tax. There seems to be some surprise that private sector economic activity is reducing (ignoring the...
Philip Booth
23 July 2009
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If you want to get on the front page of the BBC website and all over the news one morning then run an economic forecasting model with all the spurious accuracy and doubtful assumptions about...
Len Shackleton
21 July 2009
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It was a disagreeable experience to hear Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, attempting to justify the Commission’s stance on the “public benefit” test for...
Peter King
13 July 2009
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One of the more troubling developments in politics over the last few years is the desire of those on the Right to be seen as “progressive” and to argue for “change”. Indeed...
Philip Vander Elst
10 July 2009
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Is there a strong connection between statism and supranationalism? At a time of rising taxation, increased state control over the banking system, and ever-closer European integration, it is a...
Terry Arthur
7 July 2009
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In the Daily Telegraph last month, Melissa Kite wrote an amusing article about Gordon Brown’s most recent Tsars – Martha Lane Fox as “champion for digital inclusion” and Sir...
Richard Wellings
22 June 2009
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Britain now faces its worst ever peacetime fiscal crisis, yet our politicians seem incapable of grasping the seriousness of the situation. Indeed, when Andrew Lansley suggested recently...
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