Toby Baxendale
29 April 2010

Language was created spontaneously and needed no act of creation or sanction by the state – it is owned by each and every one of us. Money was also created this way, but today we have...
Philip Booth
28 April 2010

. It is rather difficult to redistribute that burden because marginal rates are so high right across the board it is difficult to see that they can be increased for any group. Some of the Lib Dems...
David Howden
26 April 2010

Talks over what should happen about the Greek debt situation were recently delayed by the impromptu eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. In the meantime, analysts and...
Philip Booth
15 April 2010

Now all three major parties have launched their manifestos it’s clear that no one is being honest about the true state of the country’s finances. The Conservative manifesto is scarcely...
Philip Booth
12 April 2010
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All three major parties are entering the election campaign with similar plans for cutting the deficit. The timing and magnitude of proposed deficit cuts are slightly different but all the plans...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2010

George Osborne’s announcement that he intends to reverse the increase in National Insurance Contributions has rightfully received applause from a number of business leaders, who called...
Mark Littlewood
29 March 2010
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The current flirtation of the main political parties with cuts cannot hope to solve Britain’s financial problems. We need to take dramatic action and make substantial structural changes over...
Richard Wellings
28 March 2010
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●  Philip Booth suggests it is not “morally bankrupt” to oppose a “Robin Hood” tax ●  Patrick Basham criticises the Department of Health’s new tobacco...
Terry Arthur
26 March 2010

This book is a must for anyone with an interest in the role of government and the extent to which it can, and does, detach itself from the purpose of serving the population over which it presides....
the IEA
24 March 2010

“Politicians are not talking seriously about the need for dramatic and speedy cuts in public expenditure. A few billion here and a few billion there are nowhere near enough to restore...
Philip Booth
3 March 2010
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Interview on Bloomberg TV about the pound, the fiscal crisis and the prospect of a hung parliament:    
Nick Silver
26 February 2010

" Whilst it might be presumptuous of me to disagree with the sixty eminent economists who wrote to the Financial Times last week, I would like to refer them and the reader to my paper A...
Philip Booth and Richard Wellings
19 February 2010

Today’s letters by 60 economists to the Financial Times in support of the government’s policy of delaying cuts in public spending echo the arguments used by mainstream economists during...
Kristian Niemietz
12 February 2010

European leaders did their best to avoid a clear stance on Greece yesterday. But with a budget deficit of over 12% of GDP, a debt ratio of almost 120% of GDP, an electorate fiercely opposed to the...
Philip Booth
8 January 2010

Just after Christmas a number of members of the IEA’s SMPC wrote to the Sunday Times about the dire need for a fiscal plan to deal with government borrowing. In this context, it is worth...
Dan Mitchell
5 January 2010

Peter King
27 October 2009

Working in a university social science environment I find myself surrounded by those who take a leftist view of the world. One interesting trend amongst my colleagues of late has been to start to...
Richard Wellings
21 October 2009

There is talk of recovery, but little reason for optimism. Government action may have cushioned the initial impact of the recession, but the long-term economic consequences of borrow and spend...
Richard Wellings
17 October 2009

●  Philip Booth advocates a more rational and limited framework of financial regulation   ●  Robert Carling examines the frightening implications of the record US budget deficit (...
Ruth Lea
29 September 2009

The Prime Minister is, apparently, intending to introduce a “Fiscal Responsibility Act” to tackle Britain’s scandalously bad public sector finances. Well, I suppose, better late...