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John Blundell
10 July 2013
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This week marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Sir Antony Fisher, founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Antony Fisher was a very charming man...
Kristian Niemietz
8 July 2013
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Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna is the latest politician to jump on the anti-retail-chain bandwagon, claiming that Britain is ‘in danger of sleepwalking towards monostreet’. Umunna...
John Burton
5 July 2013
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During a briefing on 5 November 2008 - conducted with big wall-chart graphs - about the ongoing financial ‘crunch’, the Queen dropped a (bombshell) question on the assembled throng of...
Alberto Mingardi
4 July 2013
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Although he was used to dining with friends every Sunday, on one occasion Adam Smith ‘retired to bed before supper; and, as he went away, took leave of his friends by saying “I believe we...
Philip Booth
3 July 2013
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Google Cameron global race and you get a depressing 33,000,000 responses. Google Osborne global race and you get a depressing 2,650,000 responses. Apparently, the ‘global race’ is going...
Steve Davies
2 July 2013
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Payday loans and pawnbrokers are a common feature of the nation’s high streets today, as they have been for centuries.  Recently however they have experienced something of a boom. Now they...
Kyn Aizlewood
1 July 2013
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Every winter, the demand for local A&E services rises, reflecting a range of underlying epidemiological factors as well as choices that we make in order to access healthcare. The press has widely...
Kristian Niemietz
28 June 2013
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Most people who have had to adjust their spending behaviour after a substantial loss of income probably observed two things. Firstly, the 'lawnmower method' – cutting expenditure across...
Barrie M. Craven, Michael L. Marlow and Alden F. Shiers
27 June 2013
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Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with many deleterious effects on individual health.  Its negative impact on wider society includes crime (including domestic violence), drunk driving...
Kristian Niemietz
26 June 2013
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Would you like to receive something for free? Or would you prefer to pay for it, out of your own pocket? Phrased in those terms, the issue of top-up payments for medical treatments appear to be a no-...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2013
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Contributory welfare has become the latest fad in Westminster village. Labour politicians are in favour of it, Conservative politicians are in favour of it, think tanks are in favour of it, and they...
Razeen Sally
24 June 2013
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The US, EU and China are the Big Three in the world. Since the global financial crisis, the conventional wisdom is that the US and EU are in decline, while China races ahead. I would turn this...
Philip Booth
21 June 2013
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  When it comes to the debate on tax avoidance, the coalition seems to struggle in two respects. The first problem is that the government seems unable to articulate the idea that the main...
J. R. Sargent
20 June 2013
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There was a time when it was normal for the productivity of labour in the UK to be rising year by year, and for money wages increases to reflect this by forging ahead of price increases. The last...
Christopher Snowdon
19 June 2013
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Earlier this year, the Work Foundation published a study of inequality in Britain that threw up some uncomfortable findings for those who believe that income differentials are the root of all evil...
Len Shackleton
18 June 2013
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Zero-hours contracts are in the news again, with Vince Cable last week announcing an enquiry into this type of arrangement. These contracts involve people agreeing to be available for work as and...
Kristian Niemietz
17 June 2013
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  Apparently unaware of Ed Miliband’s recent announcements that a Labour government would cut the Housing Benefit bill by building more homes, shadow community secretary Hilary Benn...
Gabriel Roth
14 June 2013
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Governments do not always support mobility. The Duke of Wellington objected to railways because they would "only encourage the lower classes to move about needlessly". United States...
Steve Davies
13 June 2013
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Liberalism as a political doctrine has had an enormous amount written about it over the years, mainly by philosophers. Surprisingly, historians, and particularly historians of thought, have had...
Christopher Snowdon
12 June 2013
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It is brave for a lobby group that has a long track record of using dodgy surveys, junk science and misleading press releases to release a report entitled Stick To The Facts, but that is what state...