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Tom Papworth
16 April 2012
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  Doctors just can’t help trying to save people, it seems. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which brings together the presidents of the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties and...
Philip Booth
13 April 2012
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  Last month, the IEA co-published Lost Causes by Deepak Lal. The book can be bought from the IEA here. It was interesting to see, in the wake of the 2012 budget, various think tanks and...
Stephen Michael MacLean
12 April 2012
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Britons attentive to political affairs in Canada will be aware of its latest political scandal: allegations abound of electioneering shenanigans involving annoying telephone calls in the late of...
Len Shackleton
11 April 2012
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There is a scene in the old Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers where Groucho leads a bunch of academics in gowns and mortarboards in a song which goes:  ‘I don't care what you have...
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...
Alberto Mingardi and Carlo Stagnaro
5 April 2012
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Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important economic indicator. The more a country is perceived by foreigners as attractive, the more it is likely to be engaged in fostering entrepreneurship...
Philip Booth
4 April 2012
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  The government’s decision to seek greater university involvement in the A-level examination system is to be welcomed. In many ways it is a return to the system that used to exist...
D. R. Myddelton
3 April 2012
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  One hopes the overworked staff in the Office of Tax Simplification get overtime.  This year they have surely earned every penny. A glance at the Conservative Party’s Manifesto...
Tom Papworth
2 April 2012
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The government’s Free Schools policy is widely regarded as a significant innovation; a radical shake-up of state education. The next logical step – permitting for-profit providers to...
Steve Davies
30 March 2012
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When I heard in 2009 that Elinor Ostrom had won the Nobel Prize for Economics I was delighted and thought it one of the best pieces of news that year, if not the best. My feelings were shared by...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
29 March 2012
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  In the debate over proposed market reforms in the NHS, opinions are plentiful but few commentators back up their opinions with evidence.  So, what does the evidence say? It is...
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...
Len Shackleton
27 March 2012
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  Two recent news stories indicate the pressures leading us away from a sensible policy on childcare and towards higher levels of public spending - in an area where the state was not...
Eamonn Butler
26 March 2012
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Politicians are always exhorting us to take more interest in our community, in the government of our country, and the ongoing debates about schools or hospitals or roads. But few of us do. Politics...
Philip Booth
23 March 2012
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At the IEA’s Budget briefing yesterday I called for the annual Budget to be abolished – or at least slimmed down to a very brief statement. This echoes calls made by Anthony Evans in...
Kristian Niemietz
21 March 2012
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  Given an expected unemployment rate of 8.7% for this year, it is a bit surprising that the Budget’s sub-subchapter on labour market reform occupies no more than half a page. If...
Philip Booth
20 March 2012
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The government's decision to nationalise the assets of the Royal Mail pension fund while taking on all future liabilities is another example of accounting sleight-of-hand by an administration...
Gurpreet Hayre
19 March 2012
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  Whilst western economies have recently been experiencing recession and stagnation, many countries in Asia have enjoyed rapid economic growth, which has been sustained over several...
Patricia Morgan
16 March 2012
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  What’s in a name? A hopeless factual and logical muddle. Call something a ‘benefit’ and who is it for? The ‘needy’, of course. Anyone else getting it?...
Kristian Niemietz
14 March 2012
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  Suppose a government institution regularly orders its office stationery from a company which caters specifically to public sector clients. Suppose inquisitive journalists find out that...