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Mark Littlewood
9 February 2011
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The furore over relatively modest reductions in public library provision shows the enormous challenge facing those seeking to reduce the size and cost of our bloated state. At an annual cost to...
Len Shackleton
8 February 2011
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According to the Sunday Times, the European Commission is drawing up a "voluntary" code fixing a minimum (30% by 2015, 40% by 2020) proportion of women on company boards. If enough firms...
Philip Booth
7 February 2011
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The three main themes of Nick Clegg's speech on Friday were as follows: 1. We should have investment-led growth and not debt-led growth. 2. We should have growth balanced around the regions...
Kristian Niemietz
4 February 2011
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One of the most important skills in the political tug-of-war is the ability of those involved in debate to convey the impression that their personal interests are really the interests of...
Daniel Mahoney
3 February 2011
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Ed Miliband is taking the line that the coalition is cutting “too far and too fast”. The news that the economy shrank by 0.5% in Q4 of 2010 (zero growth if you factor in the...
Chris Snowdon
2 February 2011
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In the preface to their best-selling book The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett compare what they call their ‘discovery’ that ‘more equal societies almost always do...
Mark Pennington
1 February 2011
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The recent Cancun climate change conference attracted much less media attention than last year’s event in Copenhagen. Green activists and some politicians, however, continue to press for...
Richard Wellings
31 January 2011
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Radio 4 has produced a documentary on F. A. Hayek and the Austrian school of economics. The programme, Radical Economics: Yo Hayek!, will be broadcast tonight (31st January) at 8:30. It...
Kristian Niemietz
30 January 2011
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Kosovo-style social cleansing, expelling the poor, even ‘final solution’ – the debate on Housing Benefit (HB) cuts has been accompanied by a host of gory metaphors, and no doubt...
Mark Pennington
29 January 2011
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Two of my posts earlier this month (here and here) focused on the institutional implications of limited rationality. My claim was that robust institutions are those that minimise the consequence of...
Len Shackleton
28 January 2011
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Business Secretary Vince Cable is proposing what the Financial Times calls "an employer-friendly shake-up of Employment Tribunals". Hmm. The proposals include an extension from one to...
Nick Hayns
27 January 2011
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It is not easy running a business in this country. You might think I'm making reference to the recession, and, indeed, that is certainly something that has served to heap misery on this nation...
Philip Booth
27 January 2011
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The Government reportedly feels that its Big Society programme has stalled. It is not surprising. The coalition’s idea of the Big Society often seems to involve no more than getting a few...
Philip Booth
26 January 2011
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As Mervyn King suggested last night, the prospects for living standards in the near future are grim. Higher economic growth will help and the government should therefore pursue policies that...
Philipp Bagus
25 January 2011
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Italy, Spain, Belgium and Portugal will need to raise over $800 billion in 2011 to cover roll-over debt and new borrowing. It is unclear if the eurozone will withstand the pressure of bond markets...
Kristian Niemietz
25 January 2011
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What is ‘poverty’? It might sound a basic question but, when we hear about x percent of people ‘living in poverty’, what does that actually mean? The policy review conducted...
David Campbell
24 January 2011
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The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the ‘flexible mechanism’ set up under the Kyoto Protocol to, in effect, subsidise the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing...
G. R. Steele
21 January 2011
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A member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee believes that inflation has been driven ‘by higher food and energy costs’; and the head of the European Central Bank...
Steve Davies
20 January 2011
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The United States Presidency Centre of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study) has just published the results of a survey of 47...
Kristian Niemietz
19 January 2011
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Imagine our government managed to enact policies that brought down the cost of essential goods and services in this country, resulting in a pronounced improvement in the living standards of the...