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Philip Booth and Richard Wellings
19 November 2013
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If we look at the performance of high-tax Western countries – which includes, amongst others, every EU country, plus the US – it is grim. These are the countries which, despite their high...
Philip Booth
13 November 2013
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In a recent poll, there was strong support for the renationalisation of both the railways and the energy industry. In both cases, renationalisation would be a strange step back into the dark ages of...
Philip Booth
12 November 2013
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Fr. Timothy Radcliffe gave the high-profile Romero Lecture last week in which he said many good, sensitive and important things about the poor. Not surprisingly, though, the lecture also made many...
Philip Booth
31 October 2013
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Barely a day goes by without a government attack on the private sector. Yesterday saw the publication of a report proposing charge capping for pension funds. Management fees levied by pension...
Philip Booth
28 October 2013
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The British energy industry has gone from nationalisation to privatisation and back to government control in the space of 25 years. Although the energy industry is nominally in private hands, we...
Philip Booth
21 October 2013
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has spoken out about the use of non-“Qualified Teachers” in free schools. I am being somewhat careful with my punctuation and capitalisation to make it...
Philip Booth
17 October 2013
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It is always pleasing to publish an IEA monograph and find that the subject is being talked about for months or years after publication. Very often, of course, the true measure of success is that the...
Philip Booth
11 October 2013
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I am currently attending a conference on the future of financial regulation being held by the Irish central bank in Dublin. We are hearing from the regulators about the importance of global...
Philip Booth
26 September 2013
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On Sunday, Pope Francis made unprepared remarks in Sardinia, a part of Italy that has been especially badly hit by the economic crisis. Specifically, he said: ‘We don’t want this...
Philip Booth
18 September 2013
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Economists should be humbled by Friedrich Hayek’s famous plea: “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design...
Philip Booth
2 September 2013
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  Earlier this month, the OECD published some research on all-round education excellence. Specifically, this is the proportion of people who excel in all three of reading, maths and science. The...
Philip Booth
30 August 2013
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  If Catholic campaigners, charities and politicians were to read the signs of the times in Britain before coming up with their continual stream of commentary on welfare, what would those signs...
Philip Booth
23 August 2013
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Once again, a major mis-selling scandal has broken out, with 13 high street banks and credit card issuers facing a £1.3bn redress bill for mis-sold card protection policies. No amount of...
Philip Booth
16 August 2013
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On becoming governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney made some statements about women which were somewhat intriguing. He argued that: ‘It is anomalous, it’s striking. What we have to...
Philip Booth
8 August 2013
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Yesterday morning, in response to Mark Carney’s decision to issue forward guidance in relation to the Bank of England’s monetary policy decisions, I released a quotation to the press:...
Philip Booth
24 July 2013
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The Catholic Church has a social teaching because social and economic relationships are human relationships. There is much room for disagreement on specific policy issues but, when it comes to the...
Philip Booth
16 July 2013
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Within two years of entering the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, there was strong public support for Britain’s membership. In the 1975 referendum on the issue, 67 per cent voted to...
Philip Booth
12 July 2013
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The aspect of the tax avoidance debate which most exercises organisations such as Christian Aid is the issue of the taxation of companies with subsidiaries in poor countries. Christian Aid links tax...
Philip Booth
3 July 2013
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Google Cameron global race and you get a depressing 33,000,000 responses. Google Osborne global race and you get a depressing 2,650,000 responses. Apparently, the ‘global race’ is going...
Philip Booth
21 June 2013
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  When it comes to the debate on tax avoidance, the coalition seems to struggle in two respects. The first problem is that the government seems unable to articulate the idea that the main...