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Len Shackleton
4 November 2009
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The brouhaha surrounding the sacking of Professor David Nutt by Alan Johnson leaves me in two minds. On the one hand, I think public policy can be enhanced by having the advice of experts. The...
Anthony J. Evans
31 October 2009
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I was shocked but delighted to learn that Elinor Ostrom has won the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics. Elinor Ostrom defies neat categorisation. She has a faculty position and an education in...
Terry Arthur
30 October 2009
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In his four years as leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has often seemed to embrace socialist ideas.  “Sharing the proceeds of growth” was only one of his efforts to be...
Steven Kates
29 October 2009
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One frequently hears statements that the stimulus package led to a lower level of unemployment or that it contributed to a higher level of GDP growth than would have occurred had no stimulus package...
Peter King
27 October 2009
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Working in a university social science environment I find myself surrounded by those who take a leftist view of the world. One interesting trend amongst my colleagues of late has been to start to...
Ian Senior
22 October 2009
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Way back in 1970, the IEA published my first monograph recommending the abolition of the then Post Office’s letter monopoly. In 1983, I followed up with Liberating the Letter: A proposal to...
Richard Wellings
21 October 2009
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There is talk of recovery, but little reason for optimism. Government action may have cushioned the initial impact of the recession, but the long-term economic consequences of borrow and spend...
Oliver Marc Hartwich
15 October 2009
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The International Monetary Fund has just presented perhaps the gloomiest forecast for Britain’s public finances so far. It predicts that by next year, Britain’s debt will stand at...
Dominique Lazanski
9 October 2009
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A few days ago I attended a “Future Trends” conference. As a digital consultant I need to keep on top of what other people think and feel are the trends influencing brands and people online. I was...
Kristian Niemietz
7 October 2009
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An ancient brotherhood of sorcerers. String-pullers behind the scenes. A deadly machinery, operating with clockwork efficiency. A chain of seemingly unrelated events which are intimately connected,...
D. R. Myddelton
1 October 2009
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Businesses are more regulated today than ever. But trends go on until they stop. With Arthur Seldon, I believe we should take more risks of under-regulation. The straw man of “perfect...
G. R. Steele
30 September 2009
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A comment from a Woman’s Own interview in 1987 is often repeated, but rarely in context:  ”There is no such thing as society”. Its relevance was made explicit with the...
Ruth Lea
29 September 2009
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The Prime Minister is, apparently, intending to introduce a “Fiscal Responsibility Act” to tackle Britain’s scandalously bad public sector finances. Well, I suppose, better late...
Kristian Niemietz
28 September 2009
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Germany’s federal election yesterday resulted in a stable majority for a "black-yellow" coalition of Conservatives (CDU) and Liberals (FDP). Is this the starting shot of a free-market reform...
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...