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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...
John Meadowcroft
18 June 2009
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Advocates of privatisation have often paid insufficient attention to one of the most important reasons why scholars like Friedman and Hayek argued in favour of privatisation: that people are the...
Peter King
15 June 2009
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Ronald Reagan famously stated the perfect response that government should make to any crisis: “Don’t just do something, stand there!” This, it seems to me, is still the best...
Richard Wellings
11 June 2009
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The RMT has once again brought London to a standstill with a 48-hour strike. This is a good example of public choice theory at work, in particular Mancur Olson’s logic of collective action. A...
David B. Smith
10 June 2009
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Britain now faces one of the most serious fiscal crises in its peacetime history. One reason is that the UK is now caught up in a sudden and severe international recession. However, the government...
Richard Wellings
8 June 2009
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For several decades the British economy has been hampered by the poor quality of its infrastructure. Whether in transport, education or health, investment has typically been low by international...
James Alexander
5 June 2009
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The threat of “systemic failure” has been used to justify recent government interventions in the financial sector. Essentially it is a “market-failure” type of argument...
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...