Blog

Search

Philip Booth
31 October 2012
3 comments

Today marked the publication of Tarzan’s new growth report. Not surprisingly, it is being welcomed by the Labour Party and trades unions as well as representatives of big business. Indeed,...
G. R. Steele
30 October 2012
comments

One estimate (from the Olympic Delivery Authority) for the overall ‘Public Sector Funding Package’ for the London 2012 Olympic Games, placed it in the region of £10...
Richard Wellings
29 October 2012
comments

  The government’s new plan for a two-tier road tax system has many shortcomings. In particular, it fails to address the economic distortions created by a fiscal framework that taxes...
Philip Booth
26 October 2012
1 comment

  When the euro was formed, the economic debate was marked by a paradox. Liberal economists on the continent were enthusiastic – they believed the euro’s adoption would force...
Kristian Niemietz
24 October 2012
11 comments

  Have you heard about it? Trickle-down economics has failed. Barack Obama says so. Paul Krugman says so. The Wall Street Journal says so. The Guardian says so. You’ll hear it in...
Christopher Snowdon
22 October 2012
comments

Are the British developing a taste for smuggled booze and moonshine? There was a five-fold increase in the number of seizures of counterfeit alcohol by Trading Standards between 2008/09 and 2010/11...
Emmanuel Martin
19 October 2012
1 comment

  The Federal Reserve’s new round of Quantitative Easing (QE3) consists of purchasing $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities every month and injecting corresponding...
Philip Booth
17 October 2012
comments

  At a meeting in the House of Commons yesterday, I was asked to describe the characteristics which should be possessed by the next Governor of the Bank of England. These were my thoughts...
Philip Booth
17 October 2012
5 comments

  At a meeting in the House of Commons yesterday, I was asked to describe the characteristics which should be possessed by the next Governor of the Bank of England. These were my thoughts...
Kristian Niemietz
16 October 2012
comments

  ‘If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.’ This famous quote by Ronald Reagan was meant to be a summary of governments...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 October 2012
comments

  With aims including far more school choice for pupils from all backgrounds, and raising standards in state schools through competition, the goals of the 2010 Academies Act were bold....
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 October 2012
comments

  With aims including far more school choice for pupils from all backgrounds, and raising standards in state schools through competition, the goals of the 2010 Academies Act were bold....
Philip Booth
12 October 2012
comments

  Given the constraints of political speech-making, David Cameron's effort earlier this week was reasonable. There was the misunderstanding of international trade that one always gets...
Stephen Michael MacLean
11 October 2012
comments

  John Meadowcroft’s recent article in defence of free markets, ‘From Big Macs to Big Brother’, begins thus: ‘One of the most important contemporary debates in...
Len Shackleton
9 October 2012
1 comment

  After apparently backing away from comprehensive schemes for liberalising the labour market, the government yesterday made a small gesture in this direction. In his Conservative conference...
Kristian Niemietz
8 October 2012
1 comment

  It was utterly predictable that Germany’s political class would (ab)use the festivities of Unification Day to construct some bizarre justification for more Eurozone bailouts, and a...
Philip Booth
5 October 2012
1 comment

  One of the leading lights in the current Labour Party policy review is Jon Cruddas. He is a Catholic and no intellectual slouch. Does this mean that Ed Miliband’s new big idea...
Juan Ramón Rallo
4 October 2012
comments

  It has been a huge surprise that, according to a recent analysis (pdf) conducted by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, Spanish banks only need a relatively small public capital injection...
Christopher Snowdon
3 October 2012
1 comment

  The question of whether the government should be funding pressure groups is one that faces politicians across the developed world. The Australian state of Queensland has decided that...
Kristian Niemietz
2 October 2012
1 comment

Inequality worries a lot of people. According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, nearly four out of five respondents think the gap between the top and the bottom is too large. 57% believe the...