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Philip Booth
17 October 2012
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  At a meeting in the House of Commons yesterday, I was asked to describe the characteristics which should be possessed by the next Governor of the Bank of England. These were my thoughts...
Kristian Niemietz
16 October 2012
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  ‘If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.’ This famous quote by Ronald Reagan was meant to be a summary of governments...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 October 2012
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  With aims including far more school choice for pupils from all backgrounds, and raising standards in state schools through competition, the goals of the 2010 Academies Act were bold....
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 October 2012
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  With aims including far more school choice for pupils from all backgrounds, and raising standards in state schools through competition, the goals of the 2010 Academies Act were bold....
Philip Booth
12 October 2012
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  Given the constraints of political speech-making, David Cameron's effort earlier this week was reasonable. There was the misunderstanding of international trade that one always gets...
Stephen Michael MacLean
11 October 2012
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  John Meadowcroft’s recent article in defence of free markets, ‘From Big Macs to Big Brother’, begins thus: ‘One of the most important contemporary debates in...
Len Shackleton
9 October 2012
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  After apparently backing away from comprehensive schemes for liberalising the labour market, the government yesterday made a small gesture in this direction. In his Conservative conference...
Kristian Niemietz
8 October 2012
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  It was utterly predictable that Germany’s political class would (ab)use the festivities of Unification Day to construct some bizarre justification for more Eurozone bailouts, and a...
Philip Booth
5 October 2012
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  One of the leading lights in the current Labour Party policy review is Jon Cruddas. He is a Catholic and no intellectual slouch. Does this mean that Ed Miliband’s new big idea...
Juan Ramón Rallo
4 October 2012
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  It has been a huge surprise that, according to a recent analysis (pdf) conducted by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, Spanish banks only need a relatively small public capital injection...
Christopher Snowdon
3 October 2012
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  The question of whether the government should be funding pressure groups is one that faces politicians across the developed world. The Australian state of Queensland has decided that...
Kristian Niemietz
2 October 2012
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Inequality worries a lot of people. According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, nearly four out of five respondents think the gap between the top and the bottom is too large. 57% believe the...
Len Shackleton
1 October 2012
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It is very difficult to deregulate the labour market. Here is a timely case in point – the continuing existence of the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets the new rates of pay for various...
Kevin Dowd
28 September 2012
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  I am very grateful to the IEA for making Private Money available as a free download on the web. On looking back over it – it was written and published in 1988 - I am struck by how...
Kristian Niemietz
27 September 2012
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You have probably seen this video here, where Paul Krugman explains why the threat of an alien invasion could be a good thing. It would lead to the kind of stimulus package he wants: politicians...
Philip Booth
26 September 2012
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It is difficult to think of a policy that is as ill-conceived on so many levels as the coalition's announcement on Sunday to encourage parents to guarantee their children's mortgages....
Philip Booth
25 September 2012
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  Last night’s BBC programme on F. A. Hayek was interesting and, like the Keynes programme, gave the subject a fair crack of the whip. It is not by way of criticism that I write this...
Christopher Snowdon
24 September 2012
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  The pressure group Hope Not Hate is celebrating the news that the British National Party will be denied €100,000 of European Union funding. After lobbying from the organisation, the...
Philip Booth
21 September 2012
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I was surprised to see The Times run a front page, a three page feature and a leader on tax avoidance yesterday. The arguments used by The Times, and the specific examples highlighted were...
Len Shackleton
20 September 2012
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  Patrick McLoughlin and Michael Gove are competent and well-thought-of Secretaries of State. As Conservatives, they presumably assert from time to time generalities about the virtues of...