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Mark Littlewood
15 December 2010
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Michael Gove’s free schools programme has been heralded as the cutting edge of the coalition’s structural reform programme. Removing the dead hand of the state and allowing new schools...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 December 2010
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Should for-profit free schools be banned? The UK debate regarding this issue has so far provided heated rhetoric, but little evidence to back it up. In an IEA discussion paper, released today, I...
Terry Arthur
14 December 2010
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As a fellow international rugby player (who also went to a grammar school) perhaps I may be allowed to put the case against Brian Moore’s passionate argument for the retention of ring-fencing...
David Campbell
13 December 2010
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The claim that the Copenhagen climate change conference was not a total failure, which still enjoys currency in public debate about the Cancun conference, usually makes approving reference to the...
G. R. Steele
10 December 2010
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Mervyn King has been criticised for crossing a line which separates monetary policy (the Bank’s remit) and fiscal policy (the Treasury’s remit). That line is imaginary: a legacy of...
Patrick Basham
9 December 2010
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Notwithstanding David Cameron’s infatuation with nudging, the in-vogue tool would appear to have little merit as a guiding principle of policymaking. The Department of Health’s new...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2010
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“Most children living in poverty are not from workless households”, writes the Guardian: “The number of children of working parents who are living in poverty in the UK has...
André Azevedo Alves
7 December 2010
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After Greece and Ireland, it seems increasingly likely that Portugal may become the third euro-area country to be bailed out by an EU/IMF rescue package. In the past week, the yields on Portuguese (...
Kristian Niemietz
6 December 2010
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The appropriate context for the term “breeding” is surely documentary films about wildlife, not welfare policy debates. Moreover, it is clear that the “return on investment...
Kristian Niemietz
3 December 2010
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The coalition has set up a ring-fenced fund, with a budget eventually increasing to £600m, to improve access to cancer drugs. Given the UK’s poor ranking in international studies on...
Steve Davies
2 December 2010
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Yesterday Will Hutton published the initial results of the enquiry he has been conducting on the government’s behalf into pay differentials and levels of remuneration for senior managers...
Philip Booth
2 December 2010
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A few weeks ago, the IEA published an in-depth study of Fair Trade, Fair Trade Without the Froth. The Hilton/Cameron-rebranded Conservative Party likes Fair Trade and there are good reasons why it...
Richard Wellings
1 December 2010
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When Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced last week that the government would procede with three big rail projects – High Speed 2, Crossrail and Thameslink – it was a bit like a...
David Campbell
1 December 2010
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Nothing could be more different from the atmosphere of the Copenhagen climate change conference than the atmosphere in which the Cancun conference is being conducted. Last year’s hope of...
Philip Booth
30 November 2010
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Polly Toynbee has argued recently that the explicit pursuit of wellbeing by government would lead to policy choices that were diametrically opposed to those desired by Cameron and Osborne. In...
Kristian Niemietz
30 November 2010
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There are lies, damned lies, and, the saying goes, statistics. And then there are statistical claims made by Polly Toynbee. Toynbee embraces the government’s plan to publish figures on the...
G. R. Steele
29 November 2010
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In the 1920s, the UK economy was deflated as a prelude to the restoration of the gold standard. The Chancellor responsible was Winston S. Churchill. In opposing that policy, John Maynard Keynes...
Philip Booth
26 November 2010
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David Willetts defended the government’s decision to spend my money finding out what makes me happy in The Times today (subscription required). He said it was not about creating a nanny ...
Mark Littlewood
25 November 2010
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If you think there really is a big idea behind the Big Society, then you agree with the unlikely pairing of Jon Cruddas (Lab, Dagenham) and Jesse Norman (Con, Hereford). The latter’s new book...
John Whittaker
24 November 2010
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There does not seem to have been much confidence, even at the Fed, that its latest round of quantitative easing would do much good. Rather, the Fed’s motivation comes across as a desire to be...