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Kristian Niemietz
10 February 2012
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Imagine your neighbour buys a car, a new model which has not been tested yet. Over the next few months, you realise that he has nothing but trouble with it. The car is unreliable, inefficient and...
Kristian Niemietz
2 February 2012
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'And goodbye to one of our lovely Bumblebee health-food shops in north London, finally defeated by another greedy developer who wants to turn it into flats.’ What I appreciate about...
Kristian Niemietz
30 January 2012
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Once again, Britain is about to become the Bangladesh of Europe. At least this is the impression one could gather from listening to the poverty lobby and the wider anti-cuts front, including...
Kristian Niemietz
17 January 2012
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With a clear majority, the House of Lords has voted against the proposed changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the successor of Incapacity Benefit. The opponents of the changes, inside...
Kristian Niemietz
4 January 2012
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There is agreement across the political divide in Britain that there is a serious shortage of affordable housing. But the debate about the causes seldom goes beyond red herrings and side issues,...
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...
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...
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...
Kristian Niemietz
22 November 2011
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BBC World’s Latin America section has provided a sympathetic review of a Bolivian documentary titled ‘¿Por que quebró McDonald’s en Bolivia?’ (Why did McDonald...
Kristian Niemietz
10 November 2011
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It was Albert Einstein who once said: ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results each time.’ He did not have social policies...
Kristian Niemietz
7 November 2011
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A group of American conservatives have set up an initiative called 'We are the 53%', echoing the Occupy movement's 'We are the 99%' slogan. The name is an allusion to the fact...
Kristian Niemietz
31 October 2011
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The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has earned itself a reputation as the sworn enemy of economic growth and consumption. In blending neo-Malthusian resource alarmism with relentless nagging about...
Kristian Niemietz
18 October 2011
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Successful political movements emerge when people with diverging aims can be persuaded that they are really on the same side, that their aims are just different aspects of the same broader cause....
Kristian Niemietz
12 October 2011
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When measuring an abstract concept, occasional oddities are probably unavoidable. Take inequality, which was a hotly debated topic during the last election campaign. The opposition claimed...
Kristian Niemietz
29 September 2011
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Imagine I conducted a qualitative, interview-based study enquiring into some social problem. Suppose upon reading my report, you realise that by an uncanny coincidence, my interviewees’...
Kristian Niemietz
23 September 2011
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It may seem like a tale from a bygone age, but not that long ago the UK was envied by many of its neighbours for its impressive labour market performance. In the decade from 1998 to 2008, while the...
Kristian Niemietz
21 September 2011
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The complete loss of economic common sense in the Eurozone, which we have seen over the past one and a half years, would be less depressing if it had been driven by politicians with an explicitly...
Kristian Niemietz
15 September 2011
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If George Monbiot had lived during the Irish Potato Famine, he would presumably have developed a ‘Potato Footprint’ index, to show that the hunger of the poor is caused by the excessive...
Kristian Niemietz
7 September 2011
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When the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian sound almost exactly alike on an issue, something is fishy. And when dozens of special interest groups queue up to defend the ‘common good’...
Kristian Niemietz
30 August 2011
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Being too busy torching, looting and vandalising, the London rioters and their offshoots in other cities could not be bothered to prepare banners expressing their ‘political demands’,...