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Mark Littlewood
12 September 2011
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How on earth, most people wish to know, did we get to the precipice of full scale economic collapse in 2008? Aren’t banking and financial services one of the few things Britain is supposed to...
Mark Pennington
31 August 2011
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Many government interventions in markets though they are often justified in terms of the ‘public interest’ work to the disproportionate benefit of organised interests – often the...
Karthik Reddy
16 August 2011
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‘Hundreds of thousands [of workers] should not have to stand to attention late into the night for the mere convenience of a few yuppies!’ These passionate words, uttered by German union...
Andrew Lilico
11 April 2011
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The fundamental problem in the banking sector is that bank creditors are not exposed to risk of loss. Who are the bank creditors? There are two key sorts: bondholders and depositors. So any useful...
Mark Littlewood
24 March 2011
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This was always going to be a rather modest budget. Having set out the Comprehensive Spending Review last year, the government had already decided its broad plan; we were never going to see much...
Mark Littlewood
4 March 2011
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With all the provisos attached to News Corp’s takeover of BSkyB, opposition to the deal has surely now been diluted. But there are, perhaps, two groups who can still legitimately complain...
Len Shackleton
18 February 2011
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A key part of promoting supply-side improvements in the UK economy has to be the loosening-up of employment regulation. Although the UK still has a rather freer labour market than some of its...
Philip Booth
17 February 2011
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The government has realised belatedly that it wants to pursue an agenda for  ' growth '. The problem with this sort of language is that it encourages government...
Mark Littlewood
15 February 2011
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Going for growth is the key challenge for the Coalition. In fact, pretty much all their eggs are in the growth basket. If GDP does not show a marked and impressive upward swing over the coming...
Peter King
14 February 2011
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It has often been said that Britain has the best-housed poor in Europe. Social housing is provided to a high level with heavily subsidised rents and with further assistance to help non-working...
Philip Booth
14 February 2011
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Editorial note: Supply side week Supply side liberalisation should be at the top of any government's agenda. It is particularly important during a recession when economic resources need to be...
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
11 January 2011
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Nick Clegg today said that he understood bonus anger. I think that any sane person also understands bonus anger. It is therefore incumbent upon politicians to explain patiently, and with sensitivity...
Kevin Dowd
18 October 2010
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One of the most important issues in the ongoing economic controversy is whether the crisis is due to a “failure of capitalism”. What both sides of this argument often overlook, however,...
Richard Wellings
14 October 2010
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There are over 1,000 quangos in the UK. Today’s news that 192 of them are to be abolished appears to be concrete evidence that the coalition is taking radical action to reduce the role of...
Richard Wellings
2 October 2010
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The Equality Act came into force yesterday. It strengthens anti-discrimination law and will make it easier for members of specified groups to win claims for discrimination, harassment and...
Ruth Porter
29 September 2010
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The level of critique by self-righteous foodies on TV has reached new heights recently with Jamie’s American Food Revolution. The programme makes for astonishing viewing – school...
Tim Congdon
5 August 2010
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The central constraint on economic recovery in the leading economies since mid-2009 has been officialdom’s pressure on banks to raise their capital/asset ratios. Also relevant – but to a...
Patrick Basham
15 July 2010
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Public health regulations frequently serve exclusively to prevent legal capitalistic acts between consenting adults. But the fact that prohibition’s history is a history of failure never stops...
D. R. Myddelton
9 July 2010
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It is distressing to witness yet another piece of financial chicanery by the British government, which now proposes to substitute the Consumer Prices Index for the Retail Prices Index as the “...