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Philip Booth
23 December 2011
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Perhaps the wisest words in the wake of the financial crash by a religious person were written by Cardinal Pell when he said: “The only thing we can say is to repeat the central teachings of...
Steve Davies
22 December 2011
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  The kinds of negotiations and deals made between HMRC and large firms, which have been the subject of much attention lately, are essentially undesirable, especially when one compares this...
Richard Wellings
21 December 2011
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As the economic slump persists, calls are growing for an increase in infrastructure spending as a means of boosting growth. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have announced plans for the delivery...
Mark Pennington
20 December 2011
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I am no fan of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which one or two libertarians not with standing, is a gathering of the ‘usual suspects’ on the reactionary left. That said...
Alberto Mingardi
19 December 2011
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Unfortunately prime minister Mario Monti appears not to have read the insightful comment by Philip Booth, who suggested that ‘a radical programme of economic reform in Italy and elsewhere...
Paul Withrington
16 December 2011
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Decades of propaganda have established the myth that railways cost much less, are far safer, have much more capacity, use less fuel, less manpower and are far kinder to the environment than road...
Alexander Wickham
15 December 2011
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Last month two young men tragically died after taking ecstasy (MDMA) during an event at Alexandra Palace in North London. Over the next few days the newspapers were flooded with commentary on the...
Kristian Niemietz
14 December 2011
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Nearly ten years ago, IEA author Mark Pennington argued that British land use planning policies were characterised by public choice problems. Since no single individual’s vote has a...
Nick Hayns
13 December 2011
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It seems to be something of a truism in politics that if an untruth is repeated loud enough and with enough frequency it becomes imbued with a de-facto plausibility. 'It must be a good idea if...
Ángel Martín Oro
12 December 2011
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Almost everyone expected the Socialist Party to lose the recent Spanish elections by a wide margin. Their mismanagement of the economic crisis destroyed their credibility with the Spanish people,...
Christopher Snowdon
9 December 2011
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This week, the OECD issued a press release headlined ‘Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor’. The report it heralded focused on the causes of growing inequality in...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2011
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In very cautious terms, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has questioned the current set of universal benefits for the elderly. This is a major deviation from what has thus far been the coalition...
Philip Booth
7 December 2011
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The BBC’s coverage of the National Social Survey shows the BBC at its very worst. It has completely misrepresented the survey to promote its own political worldview that we are becoming more...
James Croft
6 December 2011
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Evaluating the system-wide impact of choice and competition on educational outcomes is a difficult task. Last summer Rebecca Allen, in a paper for Research in Public Policy, offered a useful...
Philip Booth
6 December 2011
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Thirty years ago, the economics profession was dominated by naive Keynesians. The author of the standard textbook at the time, used by the majority of A-level students and first-year undergraduates...
Mark Pennington
4 December 2011
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If ‘status anxiety’ is as big a threat to individual well-being as many egalitarians seem to think then logically they should favour the equalisation of opportunities based on physical...
Len Shackleton
2 December 2011
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Despite the increasingly worrying position of the public finances, the urge to spend more appears to be hardwired into politicians and can be resisted only with the greatest of exertions. One area...
Kristian Niemietz
1 December 2011
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‘Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst’, goes the opening line of the Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) response to the...
Richard Wellings
30 November 2011
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The Autumn Statement showed that George Osborne has failed to grasp the gravity of the economic crisis facing the UK. Urgent action was needed to brace the economy for double-dip recession and the...
Philip Booth
28 November 2011
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Last week, the IEA held a discussion on the EU. There were some prominent euro enthusiasts there, together with a large number of sceptics. I was somewhat surprised by the enthusiasm of the free-...