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Mark Littlewood
19 March 2010
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A new report from Policy Exchange (strapline: David Cameron’s favourite think tank) has apparently “re-ignited” the “controversial” debate about tobacco...
Richard Wellings
17 March 2010
6 comments

The heavily publicised deaths of two teenagers in Lincolnshire who took mephedrone (known as “meow meow”) has led to calls for the drug to be banned. Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling...
Terry Arthur
16 March 2010
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The euro is currently under intense scrutiny. Why? Because the reputation of the single currency – originally based largely on that of the Bundesbank for its (relatively) sound money policy...
Richard Wellings
15 March 2010
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The cost of Housing Benefit (HB) has exploded over the last five years, rising from £13.5 billion in 2004/05 to £20 billion in 2009/10. This is a cause for deep concern, not just...
Mark Littlewood
12 March 2010
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While I never met him personally, I want to express my sadness at the recent death of a former Publishing Director of the IEA, Walter Allan. Walter was a great man and by all accounts was one...
Eric Masaba
11 March 2010
10 comments

With the advent of cheap, ubiquitous broadband, I am beginning to wonder why we pay so much more for voice calls than we do for Internet access. By my calculation, the cost of a voice call is...
Richard Wellings
10 March 2010
1 comment

In this extract of an interview with John O’Sullivan, F. A. Hayek discusses the Great Depression and the influence of John Maynard Keynes. Professor Hayek explains that he spent a year...
Philip Booth
9 March 2010
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I have various reservations about the Nudge philosophy that has been embraced by David Cameron. It is clearly attractive to the Conservatives because it seems novel without appearing to smack of...
Steven Kates
8 March 2010
3 comments

I am now on a 40,000 kilometre round trip to present a paper that will last but a single hour. The nature of this trip can be understood in the context of the invitation I received: “On behalf...
Kristian Niemietz
5 March 2010
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In the 1960s, thousands of industrious Greek gastarbeiter came to work in West Germany. Immigration from Greece has been a success story of rapid integration and mutual economic benefit. With little...
Philip Booth
4 March 2010
2 comments

Yesterday, the Catholic Bishops issued a document Choosing the Common Good which is intended to guide Catholics in the run up to the general election and beyond. Unlike its predecessors such as...
Philip Booth
3 March 2010
1 comment

Interview on Bloomberg TV about the pound, the fiscal crisis and the prospect of a hung parliament:    
Kristian Niemietz
2 March 2010
4 comments

Who would have thought that protectionism could be entertaining? Professor Ha-Joon Chang’s lecture at the LSE last Thursday, part of the university’s “Series on the Future of...
Philip Booth and Richard Wellings
1 March 2010
2 comments

On Friday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released revised GDP figures for the last quarter of 2009. The BBC and other media outlets reported this as good news as Q4 growth was...
Richard Wellings
27 February 2010
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" ●  Philip Booth criticises bishops for supporting counterproductive welfare policies ●  David Henderson argues Climategate is just the tip of the iceberg ●  Oliver Marc...
Nick Silver
26 February 2010
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" Whilst it might be presumptuous of me to disagree with the sixty eminent economists who wrote to the Financial Times last week, I would like to refer them and the reader to my paper A...
Len Shackleton
25 February 2010
11 comments

The Gordon Brown bullying row has entertained the media and the public for a few days, but the circus is already packing up and leaving town. However it is worth taking this opportunity to comment...
Peter King
24 February 2010
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Classical liberals, and many Conservatives, will tend to take a dim view of government intervention, but should they be equally dismissive of all government action? Take a couple of examples from...
Steven Kates
23 February 2010
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The world is filled with irony and idiocies aplenty. For how many years was inflation targeting the very essence of economic policy when the threat of inflation was hardly anywhere to be seen. How...
Philip Booth
22 February 2010
2 comments

Further worrying evidence of the decline in adult and further education was revealed in the debate about selling off the banks yesterday. The Conservatives have proposed selling bank shares cheaply...