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Kristian Niemietz
10 March 2014
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Ah, rent controls. It is one of those ideas, like the Living Wage and higher taxes for the rich, that just about everybody seems to be in favour of these days, especially in London. And clearly, the...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Philip Booth
17 January 2014
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Today Ed Miliband made a speech on policy in UK banking. There is much wrong with that market and important reforms should involve ensuring that the providers of capital to banks always...
Kristian Niemietz
15 January 2014
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Ed Miliband is getting serious about shedding his Red Ed image. In an article in the Daily Telegraph, the Labour leader tried to rebrand himself as a champion of the aspirational middle classes. This...
Christopher Snowdon
7 January 2014
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Ed Miliband’s pledge to crack down on the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ is a significant moment in the extraordinary moral panic over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Last...
Philip Booth
6 January 2014
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Next year, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the former Competition Commission (CC) will be unified. The old joke ‘why is there only one monopolies commission?’ will ring true from...
G. R. Steele
3 January 2014
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The public at large takes a very dim view of banking. When the pre-fix ‘shadow’ is added, matters only get worse. Although ‘shadow’ refers to credit intermediation occurring...
Philip Booth
18 December 2013
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  Mutuals and co-operatives have been promoted as the acceptable side of business by both arms of the coalition. Nick Clegg has lauded the Waitrose and John Lewis model. Advisers to David...
Louise Bennetts
11 December 2013
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A protectionist push is underway in the world’s two leading financial services economies. This threatens to undermine not only the already-weak recovery, but perhaps more importantly the...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2013
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When you watch or listen to a political debate programme, and you hear someone saying something like ‘I am not against all development, but…’ or ‘I don’t dispute the...
Len Shackleton
5 November 2013
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It’s Living Wage week, and many are endorsing the principle of raising low pay, whether by boosting the minimum wage, or by forcing local authorities and pressuring other private employers to...
David S. D’Amato
4 November 2013
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The peculiarities of the United States’ recurrent debt ceiling disputes stem from the Great War, when Congress resolved to allow the Department of the Treasury to issue bonds up to a certain...
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...
Stephen Littlechild
29 October 2013
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Energy prices keep rising. Prime Ministers and energy ministers, past and present, all propose their own solutions, although there is little agreement on the cause of the problem. The latest proposal...
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...