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Philip Booth
13 April 2015
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The Catholic Bishops’ General Election advice called on Catholics to support a “robust National Health Service on which we can all rely”. This is something of an about-turn. When...
Philip Booth
10 April 2015
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We have a tax system that is badly designed in principle and far too complex in practice. It is completely unreasonable for politicians to blame individuals and companies who try to minimise their...
Ryan Bourne
9 April 2015
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Another day, another story about the NHS struggling. Analysis for the Health Foundation found yesterday that improvements in hospital efficiency in recent years had been way below what was...
Jonathan Stanley
8 April 2015
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The sham debate about the spectre of ‘NHS privatisation’ has come back with such a vengeance this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was an election ahead. While the...
Ryan Bourne
7 April 2015
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In the aftermath of the Cold War, we were told that capitalism had won. Communism had been defeated, and we were entering Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History” – with capitalist...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2015
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Nigel Crisp knows the NHS better than almost anyone. In his role as its chief executive (2000-2006), he oversaw the formulation and, partly, the implementation of transformative reforms. His book 24...
Ryan Bourne
1 April 2015
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Robert Peston is currently running a piece entitled: ‘Who to trust - business leaders or economists?’ regarding the election and broad economic strategy on the BBC website. This morning...
Eduardo Belgrano
1 April 2015
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We can probably safely say that those who still believe that Greece will repay the €320bn+ it owes can be counted with the fingers of one hand. What is really puzzling is why Greek politicians...
Philip Booth
31 March 2015
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The Christian group Care has regularly published a report on the taxation of families in Britain and other developed countries. Its last report concluded that single-earner married couples...
Kristian Niemietz
30 March 2015
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There has been a lot of speculation about where the Conservatives’ headline £12bn of welfare savings should come from. I suspect that the party’s unwillingness to provide any...
Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor
27 March 2015
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Ed Miliband’s pledge last week that a Labour government would press ahead with the party’s energy price freeze ‘within months’ may prove popular with the electorate. But my...
Tom Packer
26 March 2015
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In all the sound and fury of the coming election, it’s important not to forget the areas where the parties agree. This includes support for much greater “localism” and devolution of...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
25 March 2015
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In my previous post, I have argued that the case for ‘net neutrality’ regulation is based on a flawed understanding of the way innovation takes place, and of the role of economic...
Andrew Lilico
24 March 2015
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Dr Andrew Lilico, member of the IEA’s Academic Advisory Council, writes for CapX:   Paul Krugman once did something or other quite good on the economics of trade, winning him the Nobel...
Fernando Herrera-González
24 March 2015
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Economic theory is the science which tries to explain economic phenomena. Just as Newton observed an apple falling from a tree and started searching for an explanation to the phenomenon, which...
John Burton
23 March 2015
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The question of whether the BBC is institutionally biased to the left and/or anti-capitalism (not necessarily quite the same) might provoke, in some quarters, the counter-query ‘Is the Pope a...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
20 March 2015
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For over two decades since its inception, the internet has remained largely free of state regulation and control. In the U.S., where the majority of global digital innovation has originated, the...
Kristian Niemietz
19 March 2015
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Given the proximity to the election, most commentators predicted a 'Budget of giveaways', full of populist gimmicks. Judged against that expectation, the actual Budget was relatively sensible...
Philip Booth
18 March 2015
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Whenever we approach a General Election or Budget, the competition for the daftest tax policy idea is always intense. The current front-runner is probably the proposal to largely exempt houses from...
Ryan Bourne
17 March 2015
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It's a well-known saying that “turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”. So calling for George Osborne to take to the despatch box tomorrow and announce that he’s abolishing...