Alexander de Ville
23 August 2012
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In June, the European Commission drew attention to the increase in protectionist tendencies worldwide. It claimed that over the previous eight months 123 new trade restrictions had been put in...
Richard Wellings
22 August 2012

Relying on growth was always going to be a risky strategy. Yet a healthy recovery, with robust GDP increases of 2%-plus, formed the core of the government’s deficit reduction plan. In this...
James Stanfield
21 August 2012

Consider the following from an editorial in a national newspaper: ‘Educating children should not be for profit - learning has always been separate from the forces of the free market. And that...
David Campbell
20 August 2012

Last week, in an interview in The Independent, the Defence Secretary, Mr Philip Hammond, announced yet another miracle flowing from London’s hosting of the Olympic Games. As a result of...
Michael Klein
17 August 2012

Although once intended to improve market efficiency and the free flow of goods within the Single European Market, harmonisation has become not only the European Commission’s prime weapon for...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
16 August 2012

In a reply to my note on last week’s IPPR report, Rick Muir maintains his position that for-profit schools should be banned. He does so by ignoring some of my critique, while...
André Azevedo Alves
15 August 2012

About a year ago, I wrote that although the focus (at the time) was on Portugal, the viability of the euro would largely depend on what happened with Spain. At the time, the warning signals...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
14 August 2012

In a new IPPR report, Rick Muir argues that profit-making free schools should remain banned. He does so by providing three broad arguments: (1) competition does not improve pupil performance, (2)...
Juan Ramón Rallo
13 August 2012

Madrid's persistent pressure for the European Central Bank (ECB) to monetise part of its debt is necessarily a self-defeating strategy. Once the Spanish government recognises that it is unable...
G. R. Steele
10 August 2012
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If ever you see a €100 banknote in the gutter, don’t bother to stop. If it were real, someone would already have picked it up. The same is true of a ruse to save the euro. Writing in the...
Len Shackleton
9 August 2012

  The UK’s centrally-planned universities could do with a real shake-up, and we need to create new institutional forms if they are to be effective in the future. One way to do this is...
Kristian Niemietz
8 August 2012

When the ONS released its national happiness survey, critics complained that its results were trivial. But looking at how interest in the debate on happiness research has ebbed since then, I would...
Mark Pennington
7 August 2012

Throughout her career the late Elinor Ostrom was keen to avoid crude ideological labelling, and the title of her 2012 Hayek Lecture ‘beyond market failure and government regulation...
Michael Jeffers
6 August 2012
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In the United Kingdom, we are in a unique position to watch the chaos of the crumbling eurozone.  Media outlets are filled with daily stories of credit downgrades, hundred billion euro...
Laurence Copeland
3 August 2012

  Reading the final report of the Kay Review of Equity Markets is an unsettling experience, starting as it does in the tone of a Victorian blast from the pulpit: "Short-termism [...
Grant Maclaine
2 August 2012

During discussions about reform of the National Health Service (NHS), reference is often made to the state of US healthcare. Defenders of the UK status quo, who oppose the introduction of market...
Steve Davies
1 August 2012

As noted in the blog post by Philip Booth on 30th July, the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday was well produced and dramatic, with a skillful use of images drawn from popular culture and history...
Philip Booth
31 July 2012

When I was at university, the vast majority of liberal-thinking people were in the Federation of Conservative Students – an organisation that was shut down by Norman Tebbit for being too...
Philip Booth
30 July 2012

It would be churlish to do anything other than praise the technical brilliance of the Olympic opening ceremony. The choreography and the execution by both the professionals and volunteers were...
Philip Booth
26 July 2012

The statisticians will be arguing about the last quarter’s growth figures for years. Was it really a 0.7 per cent fall in national income, a 0.9 per cent fall or a 0.5 per cent fall? If it...