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James Stanfield
26 May 2011
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The current controversy surrounding independent schools and their charitable status is becoming increasingly absurd. First, the public benefit test is a pointless exercise because it should be...
Kristian Niemietz
16 May 2011
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A foreign visitor recently asked me what I thought about the government’s plans to ‘privatise the NHS’. Somewhat irritated, I assured him that no such plans existed, nor anything...
Len Shackleton
11 May 2011
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David Willetts has added to the confusion surrounding university fees with a proposal to allow higher education institutions to admit extra home (UK and EU) students if they pay ‘full’...
James Stanfield
3 May 2011
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On the important question of education, Richard Cobden rejected the principles of free trade and limited government. He campaigned for the introduction of a national system of ‘free’...
James Stanfield
19 April 2011
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Last week the universities minister David Willetts announced that from 2012 students attending private universities will be eligible for a state-funded loan of £6,000. In response, the shadow...
Len Shackleton
29 March 2011
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The Times has revealed that 75% of universities are intending to charge at least £8000 when new undergraduate fees come into operation from next year, rather more than the coalition...
Mark Pennington
11 March 2011
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European commentators on US healthcare are often misguided in their description of the American system as a ‘free market’ model – when that system involves significant levels of...
Len Shackleton
9 March 2011
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When top-up fees were introduced in England and Wales in 2006-7, squeamishness amongst MPs was mitigated by an obligation placed on universities and colleges to sign ‘access agreements...
Philip Booth
25 February 2011
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The government talks a good decentralisation game and, no doubt, there are some good things happening. However, we need more coherence across this field of policy. There are 'easy hits...
Nick Hayns
22 February 2011
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Last night’s really rather depressing Dispatches programme, on Channel 4, ended with a rousing signal to arms, a clarion call from journalist Mark Sparrow for there to be “a patients...
Kristian Niemietz
4 February 2011
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One of the most important skills in the political tug-of-war is the ability of those involved in debate to convey the impression that their personal interests are really the interests of...
David Cowan
18 January 2011
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Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill promises the biggest top down reorganisation of the NHS since its inception. This is a consummation of the reforms that have been implemented since...
Philip Booth
17 December 2010
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The Government is pressing ahead with another reorganisation of the National Health Service. It is unlikely this reordering of our essentially bureaucrat-driven model will set the world alight....
Mark Littlewood
15 December 2010
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Michael Gove’s free schools programme has been heralded as the cutting edge of the coalition’s structural reform programme. Removing the dead hand of the state and allowing new schools...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 December 2010
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Should for-profit free schools be banned? The UK debate regarding this issue has so far provided heated rhetoric, but little evidence to back it up. In an IEA discussion paper, released today, I...
Terry Arthur
14 December 2010
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As a fellow international rugby player (who also went to a grammar school) perhaps I may be allowed to put the case against Brian Moore’s passionate argument for the retention of ring-fencing...
Patrick Basham
9 December 2010
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Notwithstanding David Cameron’s infatuation with nudging, the in-vogue tool would appear to have little merit as a guiding principle of policymaking. The Department of Health’s new...
Kristian Niemietz
3 December 2010
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The coalition has set up a ring-fenced fund, with a budget eventually increasing to £600m, to improve access to cancer drugs. Given the UK’s poor ranking in international studies on...
Amul Pandya
13 November 2010
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This week’s protests over a proposed rise in university tuition fees demonstrate the long term problem of how reliance on the state creates an unjustified sense of entitlement. Although...
Mark Littlewood
28 October 2010
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Much of the analysis of the Comprehensive Spending Review focused on the big picture and the multi-billion pound savings the coalition hopes to make in a wide range of areas – most obviously...

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