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Stephanie Lis
16 April 2013
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In economically uncertain times, the government should strive to remove all blockages to employment, not create more. The national minimum wage is one such blockage. Whilst forced pay hikes may...
Philip Booth
12 April 2013
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Today the IEA published a monograph, The Euro: the Beginning, the Middle and…the End? Given the meeting of EU finance ministers today, there is certainly some food for thought in the...
Kristian Niemietz
11 April 2013
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The Right-to-Buy programme, which enabled council tenants to buy the home they lived in at a discount price, was one of Margaret Thatcher’s less controversial policies during her time...
Philip Booth
10 April 2013
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There is a myth gaining traction that Margaret Thatcher’s deregulation of the City through the Big Bang in 1986 ultimately led to the crash of 2008. This is part of the reductionist...
John Blundell
9 April 2013
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There are so many popular myths about Lady Thatcher and the IEA it is hard to know where to start in unbundling them all. So let’s start with Lady T. herself. Her father Alf Roberts was a...
Nick Silver
8 April 2013
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Last week two new financial regulatory bodies were launched, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority, to replace the last (failed) one – the Financial Services...
Kristian Niemietz
5 April 2013
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Critics of the NHS often find it frustrating how emotional many otherwise completely reasonable people become when it comes to the health service. True, healthcare is always and everywhere an...
Philip Booth
4 April 2013
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Nigel Lawson once said that the NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion. Of course, we also have the established church. And, indeed, the established church seems to see the NHS as...
Kristian Niemietz
3 April 2013
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These are frustrating times to be a Guardian journalist. The welfare cuts, which the paper has been fighting so hard, are now taking effect – and the public’s response does not remotely...
Stephen Davies
2 April 2013
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Given recent events and the continuing travails of the world economy, widely seen as having their origins in the financial sector and the troubles of the banks in many parts of the world, it is not...
Paul Withrington
29 March 2013
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Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Reshaping of British Railways, better known as the Beeching Report. Dr Beeching pointed out that 30 per cent of route miles carried...
Wayne A. Leighton
28 March 2013
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In 1996, Guatemala adopted one of the most market-oriented telecom reforms in the world. The benefits to the country followed quickly as coverage expanded, competition surged, and prices plummeted...
Philip Booth
26 March 2013
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Countries often impose extreme “temporary” policies in emergencies. In Britain, emergency rent controls, passed in 1917, were not substantially amended until 1988. In the Second...
Len Shackleton
26 March 2013
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The announcement that households with income up to £300,000 will be entitled to financial assistance with childcare under the government’s plans has raised a few eyebrows. But this...
G. R. Steele
25 March 2013
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In March 2009 an EU directive increased the value of the protection afforded by a deposit guarantee scheme (DGS) to a uniform ceiling of €100,000. Events involving Cyprus have undermined the...
Kristian Niemietz
24 March 2013
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Since 1979, the consumption level of the poorest tenth of British society has increased by about 60 per cent in real terms. Among this group, 24 per cent have a car, 32 per cent own the home they...
John King
22 March 2013
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  When a high-growth economy is compared with the UK’s sluggish performance, apologists often point at the unique characteristics of the former. It is said that it enjoys cheap labour...
Kristian Niemietz
21 March 2013
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At first sight, the 2013 Budget seems to mean good news for prospective homebuyers and working parents. Under the new Help-to-Buy programme, the government will act as a guarantor for mortgages...
Richard Wellings
20 March 2013
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George Osborne continues to make the same error he made in previous budgets. He is assuming the British economy will return to robust growth from 2014 onwards and that this will deliver the higher...
Paul Robinson
19 March 2013
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While it may be true that richer nations have a moral obligation to assist those less fortunate than themselves, the extent to which foreign aid does actually help its recipients is questionable....