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Philip Booth
5 January 2012
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The Christmas-to-New Year holiday was a bad period for those of us who believe in deregulation. A minimum price for alcohol was proposed; a massive extension of state funding and regulation of...
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...
Len Shackleton
16 November 2011
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The labour market statistics released today do not make the greatest reading. UK unemployment rose by 129,000 in the three months to September, with youth unemployment rising above a million. As...
Philip Booth
14 October 2011
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Earlier this week, two bits of bleak news were announced. The first was the huge rise in unemployment. The second – apparently technical and mundane – was the release of detailed...
Peter Urwin
13 October 2011
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The continued stagnation of the UK economy has led to calls for a less harsh programme of public spending cuts. This line of reasoning is flawed, as any gains from a loosening of the purse strings...
Len Shackleton
22 September 2011
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The Professional Footballers Association is pressing for the implementation of the Rooney Rule in English soccer. This is nothing to do with the Manchester United superstar of that name, but is...
Philip Booth
13 September 2011
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  The recent - apparently highly-acclaimed - ICB report smacks of an elegantly worked-out solution to problems that other bodies are addressing much more effectively. The ICB is right...
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...