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Dalibor Rohac
5 March 2012
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During an interview on the BBC last week, at the start of ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, I made a number of arguments against ‘fairtrade’. This produced a response from Barbara...
Matthew Sinclair
2 March 2012
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The satirical website the Daily Mash has revealed shock news: ‘Greedy people have more stuff, say experts’. They were reporting on an actual study at the University of...
Christopher Snowdon
1 March 2012
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The early findings of the Office for National Statistics’ much-discussed survey of national well-being have confirmed what anybody who is familiar with the field of ‘happiness...
Tim Congdon
29 February 2012
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Free market capitalism is the best system of economic organisation ever devised. The 20th century demonstrated that it is consistent with both material prosperity and personal freedom. However, the...
James Croft and Relve Spread
28 February 2012
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As part of its on-going enquiry into the administration of 15-19 examinations in England, the Education Select Committee took evidence in January on the strengths and weaknesses of the English...
Philip Booth
27 February 2012
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Tim Montgomerie has been a leading advocate of a move from income to wealth taxes in recent months. In a recent article in The Times he dismissed what he described as fallacies about wealth taxes....
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
24 February 2012
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Yesterday, in a panel discussion at Policy Exchange – coinciding with their release of a report advocating ‘social enterprise’ schools, which would be forced to reinvest 50% of...
Len Shackleton
22 February 2012
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The appointment of Professor Les Ebdon to lead OFFA, the Office of Fair Access, has been met with concern both from politicians – the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee rejected...
Philip Booth
20 February 2012
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Recent US growth figures seem to have re-energised naive Keynesians who, lacking any real evidence or credible prior theory for their case, leap upon anything that can justify policies that involve...
Kristian Niemietz
17 February 2012
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Economists often try to explain that the cost of a tax is not simply the sum of money we hand over to the exchequer. Almost all taxes cause distortions by interfering with our behaviour, and...
Ruth Porter
16 February 2012
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To hear First Minister Alex Salmond tell it, gaining independence from the U.K. is the most pressing issue facing Scots. But a look at the state of the Scottish economy, with public spending...
Philip Booth
15 February 2012
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The UK has been put on a credit-rating downgrade watch. This is not surprising, but one wonders whether Moody’s is focusing on the right issues. In particular, Moody’s cited the lack of...
Len Shackleton
14 February 2012
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David Cameron’s trip to the Nordic-Baltic conference seems to have reinforced his view that companies should be pressurised into putting women on their boards. At present he favours Lord...
Amul Pandya
13 February 2012
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The IEA’s 2010 monograph Does Britain Need a Financial Regulator? argued, amongst other things, that the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been guilty of overreach and empire building....
Kristian Niemietz
10 February 2012
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Imagine your neighbour buys a car, a new model which has not been tested yet. Over the next few months, you realise that he has nothing but trouble with it. The car is unreliable, inefficient and...
Amul Pandya
9 February 2012
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The Australian government recently decided to homogenise tobacco products by forcing them into uniform packaging. A key question is whether ‘public health’ provides sufficient grounds...
Philip Booth
8 February 2012
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An organisation called Catholic Voices organises seminars – amongst other things – to help young Catholics in the media. A few months ago, I spoke at one of their seminars about...
Mark Harrison
7 February 2012
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Why didn’t Europe's builders stop with the single market? The European single market was a huge achievement. Enacted between 1987 and 1992, it eliminated many physical, technical and...
Stephen Michael MacLean
6 February 2012
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Who among us hasn’t wiled away a lazy hour with travel fantasies, courtesy of Google Maps? Not the French, apparently, who seem to have little appreciation for Google Maps’ indulgence...
Linda Whetstone
3 February 2012
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Government spending and regulation come about through an alliance of interests both within and outside the government, and once established the incentives to either grow the intervention or to...