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Len Shackleton
29 March 2011
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The Times has revealed that 75% of universities are intending to charge at least £8000 when new undergraduate fees come into operation from next year, rather more than the coalition...
Neil Record
28 March 2011
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Hidden in last Wednesday’s Budget speech were three short sentences on public sector pensions which will have meant little to most listeners.  …“Today we publish the result...
Richard Wellings
25 March 2011
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They were warned. In the late 1990s, eminent economists queued up to explain the flaws in the euro project. Chief among them was Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, who in 1999 – the year the...
Nick Hayns
24 March 2011
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Next week sees the launch of the inaugural Liberty League conference, co-hosted by the IEA and the Freedom Association. The conference takes place from April 1 to 3 at the Birmingham and Midland...
Philip Booth
24 March 2011
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The opening and closing remarks of George Osborne’s budget speech did not bode well. He talked about: “a budget for making things”; he wanted a budget that supported manufacturing...
Philip Booth
24 March 2011
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Of all Christ’s teachings as reflected in the gospel accounts, there is none as consistent as his defense of the poor and downtrodden. This teaching applies also to international relations...
Mark Littlewood
24 March 2011
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This was always going to be a rather modest budget. Having set out the Comprehensive Spending Review last year, the government had already decided its broad plan; we were never going to see much...
Richard Wellings
23 March 2011
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In this year’s Budget, George Osborne had the opportunity to bolster economic recovery by removing barriers to growth. Alongside some welcome proposals, he unfortunately also...
Terry Arthur
22 March 2011
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Bribery and corruption are back in the news, with a new Bribery Act coming into force next month. But what exactly is bribery or corruption? In a recent article in the Daily Telegraph the head of...
Nick Hayns
21 March 2011
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You may have heard of UK Uncut? They’re certainly good at attracting attention: forcing their way into Barclay’s bank the other week and managing to close a branch of TopShop...
Tim Congdon
19 March 2011
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UK officialdom appears to believe that if the City of London’s international financial services left the UK it would not matter much to the economy. This is undoubtedly part of the...
Tim Worstall
18 March 2011
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Isn't it exciting that we have the youth of the nation demonstrating in the streets about how awfully people abuse the tax system? And isn't about time that we pointed out to the youth of...
Ruth Porter
17 March 2011
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During the Big Society discussions, the sight of some Conservatives running scared from the idea that the best way of responding to problems is a messy patchwork of responses has been deeply...
Mark Pennington
16 March 2011
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Events in the Middle East and concern over the likely impact of democratic change in the region on the prospects for peace with Israel, and beyond, raise important questions about the...
David B. Smith
16 March 2011
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With total non-oil taxes equivalent to more than 78% of residual private-sector GDP measured at factor cost once government spending has been subtracted, the British economy is probably now on the...
Kristian Niemietz
15 March 2011
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One of our recent guest speakers criticised the IEA for misrepresenting the message of the influential book The Spirit Level. He referred to an IEA invite which read: ‘many amongst the left...
G. R. Steele
14 March 2011
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Inflation is the process whereby ‘things’ – balloons, tyres, opinions, etc. – wbecome enlarged. Deflation is the reverse process. In economics, inflation generally refers to...
Mark Pennington
11 March 2011
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European commentators on US healthcare are often misguided in their description of the American system as a ‘free market’ model – when that system involves significant levels of...
Anthony J. Evans
11 March 2011
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In this month's Standpoint magazine Tim Congdon has written a rich and insightful contribution to the debate about quantitative easing. He challenges Gordon Brown's portrayal of his own...
Cliff Pratten
10 March 2011
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It is difficult to argue against the view that with assets about thirty times their capital in 2007, UK banks were under capitalised, but papers written at the Bank of England go far beyond making...