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Gabriel H. Sahlgren
20 June 2012
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In a recent column in the Guardian, Kevin Courtney lambasts the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, for ‘fly[ing] a kite for free schools to be allowed to make a profit...
Kristian Niemietz
19 June 2012
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Do you know that famous environmentalist who said: ‘Our Western industrialised civilisation has produced marvellous things, and it would be fantastic if we could carry on like this. Today...
Vuk Vukovic
18 June 2012
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As its crisis continues, more and more people are calling for Greece to follow the Argentine 2001 example and devalue its currency. This would imply leaving the euro and returning to...
Philip Booth
15 June 2012
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There has long been support for the EU project in the Vatican but, as ever in these matters, we have to ask whether governments and supra-national organisations remain the servants of the people or...
Kristian Niemietz
14 June 2012
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With many ifs and buts, Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms are broadly moving in the right direction. Rather than just increasing government handouts year after year, it now looks as if...
Emmanuel Martin
13 June 2012
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More than a year ago, observers pointed at political authoritarianism in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt as the cause of their popular revolts. For sure, lack of democratic choice, especially...
Juan Ramón Rallo
12 June 2012
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Although the Spanish government refuses to tell the truth to the citizenry, both the government and the banks have clearly been bailed out by the Eurogroup. Spain’s financial entities,...
Chris Snowdon
11 June 2012
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2008 represented something of a milestone for Britain’s charity sector as it was the year in which it received more money from government than from individuals. This was emblematic of the...
Philip Booth
8 June 2012
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Europe is riddled with bad debt. In some countries, such as Spain, banking systems are in chaos. In other countries, the government has accumulated sufficient debt that it does not even require a...
Philip Booth
7 June 2012
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There is some sense in the EU’s new plans to change the way in which banks are regulated. In particular, there are two major problems with the current system of regulation in the EU. Firstly...
Kristian Niemietz
6 June 2012
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-  Excuse me, Sir. Do you know the way to Holborn Station? -  I do. - Would you mind explaining it to me? - Not at all, if you are prepared to pay a fee of £1 in exchange for...
G. R. Steele
1 June 2012
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Martin Wolf recently committed the Financial Times to a $71.88 lunch-time interview with Paul Krugman. Whatever the quality of the meal, the interview was poor value. Three questions were covered:...
Kwasi Kwarteng
31 May 2012
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Britain currently has two emergency fiscal rules. There is a commitment, roughly speaking, to eliminate the structural deficit and to start shrinking net debt by 2015-6. These short term measures...
André Azevedo Alves
30 May 2012
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As odd as it may seem, Alexis Tsipras may well be the eurozone's best hope at the moment. As Greece heads towards new elections and a clear majority of the electorate is seemingly...
Philip Booth
29 May 2012
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In my last blog post I looked at the complexities of the UK tax system. Unfortunately, in order to make it remotely comprehensible, it was greatly simplified. The example taken was a relatively...
Philip Booth
28 May 2012
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If one were to set out to design a malfunctional tax and benefits system from scratch you would probably end up with what we have in the UK. As such, the Taxpayers’ Alliance new...
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?...
Len Shackleton
24 May 2012
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Adrian Beecroft’s suggestions to lift some of the burden which employment regulation places on business deserve a fuller consideration than they appear to be getting from the government. The...
Philip Booth
24 May 2012
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Michael Sandel is in town at the moment to promote his book How Markets Crowd Out Morals. His article on the subject in the Boston Review is a clever piece that makes some interesting points. But...
Kristian Niemietz
23 May 2012
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The rate for travel insurance depends critically on where we go and what we do there. A hiking tour through the Amazon rainforest comes at a higher premium than a stay at a health spa at Lake...