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Ryan Bourne
10 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX.   Julia Hartley-Brewer the other day ridiculed a guaranteed basic income – the idea that we should replace the welfare state with a cash payment...
Ryan Bourne
9 December 2015
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s decision to give away 99 per cent of their $45bn Facebook wealth has received a mixed reaction. One would have thought that, among right-on opinion, the...
Philip Booth
8 December 2015
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The Good Right’s Good Press Tim Montgomerie’s “The Good Right” certainly gets a good press. Like, for example, the fair trade movement, nobody can argue that they made a hash...
Ryan Bourne
7 December 2015
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This article was first published by CapX. When the Commonwealth Fund ranked the UK first for healthcare among developed countries last year, left-wing commentators waxed lyrical about our socialised...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2015
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Every 14 July, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which kick-started the French Revolution. ‘Bastille Day’ is not just a bank holiday. It is part of France’s national...
David Campbell
3 December 2015
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As the Paris Conference of the Parties to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change progresses, it would seem that most of those promoting the policy of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...
Rob Gibson
2 December 2015
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Poor people in developing countries are the modern day equivalents of serfs in early modern Europe, but instead of the ‘divine rights of kings’ they contend with the ‘development...
Christopher Snowdon
1 December 2015
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A tax on sugar - and on sugary drinks in particular - has become a cornerstone of the campaign for tobacco-style regulation of the food supply. The arguments against such an intervention are now well...
Len Shackleton
30 November 2015
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Real apprenticeships provide skills which workers can take to other employers and obtain a wage higher than they would have earned otherwise. Historically, they were paid for by binding young...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2015
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This article was first published by The Independent.   One of the good ideas in yesterday’s Autumn Statement was the scrapping of a previously announced bad idea, namely the tax credit...
Ryan Bourne
26 November 2015
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There have been four budget or budget-like statements in less than a year now. That’s four opportunities for the Chancellor to engage in a big-bang of announcements to improve economic policy...
Diego Zuluaga
25 November 2015
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The European Commission has released its plan for an EU-wide deposit insurance scheme that will, at first, back up and complement existing national deposit guarantee schemes (DGS), and, from 2024,...
Ryan Bourne
24 November 2015
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For the third time in a year, tomorrow, George Osborne will take to the despatch box to deliver a budget or budget-like statement. We will be treated to a feast of announcements as the Treasury...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2015
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According to the Commonwealth Fund, the NHS is the best healthcare system in the world. But according to the OECD, it is one of the worst. Who is right? Is the NHS failing, or is it just underfunded...
Kristian Niemietz
20 November 2015
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What is the future of the NHS? As part of our Paragon Initiative, the IEA hosted a panel discussion to look at: The NHS’ ability to adapt to an ageing population with different health needs...
Mike Norton-Griffiths
19 November 2015
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The international furor following the recent killing of Cecil the lion[1] in Zimbabwe has inflamed the debate on the contribution to wildlife conservation of consumptive utilisation in general and of...
Len Shackleton
18 November 2015
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Nobel-Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase died in 2013 at the grand age of 102. The two contributions for which he is best-remembered – his 1937 analysis of the significance of transactions...
Ryan Bourne
17 November 2015
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Many people have taken to social media to ask why the terrorist massacres in Paris have been given so much Western media attention, while similar atrocities in Beirut received scant coverage. One...
Ryan Bourne
16 November 2015
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It is common for Living Wage campaigners to say that adoption of the Living Wage “would benefit staff and businesses”. Why? By increasing pay, it is claimed, firms can reduce turnover,...
Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2015
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This article was first published by The Independent.   I have long been toying with a business idea, but never had the time, patience, know-how and, above all, the resolve to do anything with it...