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Kristian Niemietz
14 March 2014
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Gatwick Airport has offered to compensate nearby residents for the increase in aircraft noise that will result if the operator gets the go-ahead to build a second runway. Under Gatwick’s...
Jagadeesh Gokhale
13 March 2014
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The national budget reports of most developed nations are based on current cash flows of tax collections and government expenditures - and views on national indebtedness are based on metrics such as...
Len Shackleton
12 March 2014
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I’ve had more than my quota of quotas. Economists have long been critical of these devices, which arise in many different contexts. Import quotas are a non-tariff barrier to trade: countries,...
James Croft
11 March 2014
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For entrepreneurs to succeed, they need space to innovate that is sufficiently free of regulatory constraints, buyers who are receptive to their breakthroughs and uninhibited in their procurement...
Ryan Bourne
10 March 2014
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There’s just eight days to go until the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his penultimate budget before next year’s general election. In recent years, the budgets have...
Kristian Niemietz
10 March 2014
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Ah, rent controls. It is one of those ideas, like the Living Wage and higher taxes for the rich, that just about everybody seems to be in favour of these days, especially in London. And clearly, the...
Grant Tucker
8 March 2014
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Join us for Freedom Forum 2014, the UK’s largest gathering of pro-liberty students and young professionals! Friday 11th April 7pm – Sunday 13th April 5pm This week saw Liberty League...
Christopher Snowdon
6 March 2014
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The recent suggestion by the chief medical officer Sally Davies that ‘we may need to introduce a sugar tax’ is a tribute to the extraordinary media profile of Action on Sugar, the latest...
Philip Booth and Carlo Stagnaro
5 March 2014
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Europe’s plan to decarbonise its economy by 2030 is very likely to meet Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different...
Ryan Bourne
4 March 2014
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We should expect to hear much more about the future of the BBC in the next few months. Its Royal Charter is due for renewal in 2016, and there have already been murmurings about the sustainability of...
Philip Booth and Sushil Mohan
3 March 2014
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Fairtrade is part of the rich tapestry of institutions that develops in market economies to bring together consumers and producers. Fairtrade opens up an additional trading channel within the market...
Philip Booth
28 February 2014
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With the election phoney war now under way, it appears that the main issue dividing the parties will be the cost of living. Unfortunately, politicians seem to have no real ambition to resolve the...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 February 2014
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The allure of minimum wage laws arises once more in both the UK and the US. While Chancellor Osborne has suggested raising the national minimum wage to £7.00, President Obama’s State of...
Kristian Niemietz
26 February 2014
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41% – 3%. 27% – 0.7%. 48% – 27.8% Do these figures ring a bell? You have probably come across them in one form or another, because they form the backbone of the pro-dependency left...
Ryan Bourne
25 February 2014
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As recovery becomes entrenched, it is easy to forget the sense of urgency of those heady days in May 2010, when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition agreement was thrashed out. The backdrop of the Greek...
Ryan Bourne
21 February 2014
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Public choice theorist William Niskanen had much to say on the growth of government bureaucracies and bodies. Whilst recognising that they ultimately depend on politicians for their budgets, they...
Philip Booth
20 February 2014
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After the financial crisis regulators, central bankers and politicians all agreed that we needed more financial regulation. Despite their failings they wanted their powers enhanced – especially...
Kristian Niemietz
19 February 2014
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In a new book entitled Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges, there is a chapter by two authors who readers of this blog may be familiar with, which makes the case for a restoration...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2014
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I’d just arrived in the office when the telephone rang. The enraged caller let rip in a ten-minute diatribe before threatening to put something disgusting through my letter box. For similar...
Philip Booth
17 February 2014
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Bishop Pat Lynch is absolutely right to be concerned about whether migrants, asylum-seekers and those in great need will be able to get health care as a result of government reforms. The principles...