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Philip Booth and Carlo Stagnaro
5 March 2014
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Europe’s plan to decarbonise its economy by 2030 is very likely to meet Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different...
Ryan Bourne
4 March 2014
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We should expect to hear much more about the future of the BBC in the next few months. Its Royal Charter is due for renewal in 2016, and there have already been murmurings about the sustainability of...
Philip Booth and Sushil Mohan
3 March 2014
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Fairtrade is part of the rich tapestry of institutions that develops in market economies to bring together consumers and producers. Fairtrade opens up an additional trading channel within the market...
Philip Booth
28 February 2014
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With the election phoney war now under way, it appears that the main issue dividing the parties will be the cost of living. Unfortunately, politicians seem to have no real ambition to resolve the...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 February 2014
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The allure of minimum wage laws arises once more in both the UK and the US. While Chancellor Osborne has suggested raising the national minimum wage to £7.00, President Obama’s State of...
Kristian Niemietz
26 February 2014
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41% – 3%. 27% – 0.7%. 48% – 27.8% Do these figures ring a bell? You have probably come across them in one form or another, because they form the backbone of the pro-dependency left...
Ryan Bourne
25 February 2014
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As recovery becomes entrenched, it is easy to forget the sense of urgency of those heady days in May 2010, when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition agreement was thrashed out. The backdrop of the Greek...
Ryan Bourne
21 February 2014
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Public choice theorist William Niskanen had much to say on the growth of government bureaucracies and bodies. Whilst recognising that they ultimately depend on politicians for their budgets, they...
Philip Booth
20 February 2014
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After the financial crisis regulators, central bankers and politicians all agreed that we needed more financial regulation. Despite their failings they wanted their powers enhanced – especially...
Kristian Niemietz
19 February 2014
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In a new book entitled Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges, there is a chapter by two authors who readers of this blog may be familiar with, which makes the case for a restoration...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2014
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I’d just arrived in the office when the telephone rang. The enraged caller let rip in a ten-minute diatribe before threatening to put something disgusting through my letter box. For similar...
Philip Booth
17 February 2014
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Bishop Pat Lynch is absolutely right to be concerned about whether migrants, asylum-seekers and those in great need will be able to get health care as a result of government reforms. The principles...
Philip Booth
14 February 2014
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In the dark days of the 1970s, Labour MPs Jeff Rooker, then aged just 36, and Audrey Wise engineered an important rebellion against Denis Healey’s 1977 Finance Act. They ensured that...
Lawrence H. White
13 February 2014
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On 18 September 2014, Scotland will hold a voter referendum on whether it should become independent. If voters say ‘yes’, what money should the newly independent Scotland adopt?...
Kristian Niemietz
12 February 2014
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The London Underground is normally a place from which most types of social interaction are barred, but tube strikes are times during which that rigid social code is temporarily suspended. Sharing one...
Ryan Bourne
11 February 2014
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‘In our age’ George Orwell once remarked, ‘there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics”. All issues are political issues.’ This, of course, is mainly...
Keith Boyfield
10 February 2014
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In 1960, Nigeria was the world’s biggest exporter of oil palm products, accounting for over 40 per cent of the world market. Today, it hardly registers at all, ranking just 24th among global...
Christopher Snowdon
7 February 2014
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The following letter has been written in response to ‘Under the influence’, an article by Jonathan Gornall which appeared in the British Medical Journal in January 2014. It is addressed...
Philip Booth
6 February 2014
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It is highly likely that the Scottish people will wake up after the votes have been counted in September’s referendum with their status as citizens of the United Kingdom confirmed. That outcome...
Christopher Snowdon
5 February 2014
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In June 2012, the IEA published Sock Puppets, a report which looked at the evidence, and implications, of taxpayer funding for the large and growing element of ‘civil society’ that is...