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Carlo Stagnaro
25 May 2012
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The UK was the first European country to liberalise its electricity market. Will Britain now be the first European country to roll back the market and effectively renationalise the sector?...
Kristian Niemietz
4 May 2012
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The ‘prevailing orthodoxy’ (or ‘the zeitgeist’) is much like a rainbow: wherever you happen to stand, it always seems to be somewhere else. The term would never be used in...
Kristian Niemietz
10 April 2012
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Every government retreats on some issue or other eventually, realising that the political cost outweighs the benefit. But for this coalition, retreat has become a way of life. Whether it is on the...
Kristian Niemietz
28 March 2012
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  Earlier this month, David Cameron received two open letters from prominent environmentalists, sending conflicting messages. The first letter, written by Jonathon Porritt and three other...
Kristian Niemietz
2 February 2012
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'And goodbye to one of our lovely Bumblebee health-food shops in north London, finally defeated by another greedy developer who wants to turn it into flats.’ What I appreciate about...
Kyn Aizlewood
10 January 2012
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In July 2011, the IEA published a study on the government’s plans to develop a high speed rail network in England. High Speed 2 (HS2) extends the UK’s initial foray into high speed...
Richard Wellings
21 December 2011
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As the economic slump persists, calls are growing for an increase in infrastructure spending as a means of boosting growth. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have announced plans for the delivery...
Paul Withrington
16 December 2011
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Decades of propaganda have established the myth that railways cost much less, are far safer, have much more capacity, use less fuel, less manpower and are far kinder to the environment than road...
Mark Pennington
24 October 2011
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Last week saw a violent confrontation between gypsies/travellers and the police as the former were evicted from an illegal camp site at Dale Farm, Essex. There is no doubt in my mind that the...
Niggol Seo
6 October 2011
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A recent editorial in the New York Times entitled ‘End the Debt Limit’ calls for an end to the federal debt ceiling in the US and concludes that ‘The debt limit is not...
Paul Withrington
27 September 2011
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The cost of reducing speed is of particular interest since ‘speed’ is said to be a factor in a high proportion (30%) of road accidents. Consequently motorists have been subjected to...
Mark Pennington
19 September 2011
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Segments of the conservative press in the UK are currently running a concerted campaign against very minor proposals by the coalition government to relax land use regulation, arguing that this will...
Kristian Niemietz
15 September 2011
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If George Monbiot had lived during the Irish Potato Famine, he would presumably have developed a ‘Potato Footprint’ index, to show that the hunger of the poor is caused by the excessive...
Philip Booth
9 September 2011
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  Once again we are having an acrimonious debate about land-use planning and development. Our planning system is designed, of course, to create acrimonious debate as we have a ‘winner...
Kristian Niemietz
7 September 2011
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When the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian sound almost exactly alike on an issue, something is fishy. And when dozens of special interest groups queue up to defend the ‘common good’...
Paul Withrington
2 September 2011
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Over the past decade vast sums have been spent on public transport despite the fact that nearly 90% of passenger miles are by car and to places that are difficult or impossible to serve by bus, let...
Paul Withrington
23 August 2011
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The last government’s Ten Year Plan envisaged that congestion could be greatly reduced by increasing rail use by 50% and bus use by 10%. Consequently vast sums have been spent on public...
David Starkie
2 August 2011
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UK aviation has been a major growth industry in recent years, with high gross value added - just the sort of industry you might imagine the government would wish to encourage. Yet recent changes to...
Richard Wellings
20 July 2011
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Earlier this week, in a piece for ConservativeHome, Karen Lumley MP launched an astounding attack on the IEA’s latest research paper, High Speed 2: the next government project disaster? Her...
Richard Wellings
19 July 2011
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Britain’s transport sector is cursed by endless intervention by politicians. Investment has tended to be driven by political priorities rather than consumer demand. The emphasis has been on...