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Ian Senior
4 June 2009
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The public has a right to be angry – very angry – about the various ways that many MPs have fiddled expenses. And we are all heartily sick of the standard excuse: “I have done...
Kristian Niemietz
15 May 2009
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Understatement is perhaps not Phillip Blond’s forte. The director of the “progressive conservatism” project aims at nothing less than ushering in a new era in British post-war...
J. R. Shackleton
11 May 2009
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The government can’t keep out of anything. Last week we had the spectacle of Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, walking out of a meeting with football’s Premier League seriously...
Richard Wellings
8 May 2009
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The projections in last month’s Budget were terrifying. They suggest that net government borrowing is likely to reach unprecedented levels over the next three years:   ● 2009-10:...
Anthony J. Evans
6 May 2009
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Recently in The Times Anatole Kaletsky attacked the “many financiers [that] have been calling… for a ‘market solution’ based on the so-called Austrian school of economic...
D. R. Myddelton
5 May 2009
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If there is too much central government, maybe we shouldn’t regard being a member of parliament as a full-time job. Especially since most of our laws these days seem to come from Brussels; and...
Philip Booth
23 April 2009
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Phillip Blond is director of the Progressive Conservatism project at Demos and it is suggested that his ideas are getting a lot of exposure within the Conservative Party. His thoughts are certainly...
IEA bloggers
21 April 2009
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As the sterile thinking of incumbent politicians will not be sufficiently radical to reverse the growth in the size of government over the coming years, we asked IEA bloggers how they thought the...
D. R. Myddelton
20 April 2009
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The British government, in common with many other governments, has embarked on a policy of “quantitative easing” [QE], also known as “printing money”. Can we trust them to...
Terry Arthur
17 April 2009
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In his recent article in The Spectator, David Cameron tells us that “the public must be given a core reason to vote not just against Labour but for the Conservative Party.” He goes on to...
D. R. Myddelton
7 April 2009
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Anatole Kaletsky [The Times, April 6] says the G20 countries are right to borrow and spend even more than they have done already. But he seems to be living in a dream world. First he says this...
Richard Wellings
2 April 2009
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Gordon Brown may be advocating a further fiscal stimulus as a means to promote economic recovery at today’s G20 meeting, but, certainly in Britain’s case, implementing such a policy...
David Moller
31 March 2009
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There is a strange thing about this particular financial crisis. Though some have murmured about “a crisis of capitalism”, few have yet suggested a return to full-blooded, full-frontal...
Kristian Niemietz
27 March 2009
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Switzerland and other so-called “tax havens” have finally succumbed to international pressure and threats to be “blacklisted” by the OECD. Banking secrecy laws will now be...
Philip Booth
24 March 2009
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I am not altogether clear at the moment what the Conservatives’ policy is at the broader fiscal level. In current circumstances they probably need a few months to sort things out but...
Kristian Niemietz
19 March 2009
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Eighty years ago the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises showed how a supposedly “targeted” state intervention in a free economy can produce a whole spiral of follow-up interventions....
Kristian Niemietz
9 March 2009
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At a time when both public deficits and government spending are increasing (bank bailouts and stimulus packages), there is immense political pressure to address the issue of tax havens....
John Meadowcroft
3 March 2009
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Irrespective of the moral rights and wrongs of the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin’s pension entitlement, the widely reported comment by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party,...
Peter King
25 February 2009
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Those of us interested in extending personal freedom tend to make some rather glib assumptions in our thinking. For instance, it has been argued by several people recently on the IEA blog (with...
Richard Wellings
23 February 2009
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The part-nationalisation of Britain’s banks represents a further extension of state power and the erosion of private property rights. There is a huge danger that under political influence the...