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Philip Booth
25 January 2010
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The Conservatives’ plans for “free schools” are, arguably, their flagship policy. It is vital that there is no compromise when they are implemented. Schools are a good place to...
Tom Papworth
22 January 2010
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Simon Cowell has announced that he will produce a cover version of Everybody Hurts by REM to raise money for the suffering in Haiti. Good for him! It may be a bit saccharine, and I’m not sure...
Richard Wellings
20 January 2010
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The news that the UK has dropped out of the top-ten countries in the Index of Economic Freedom should act as a wake-up call to the politicians wishing to form the next government. The country’...
Kristian Niemietz
18 January 2010
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How to pursue a redistributionist agenda when public support for it is low? Change public attitudes by restructuring the welfare regime, says a new book titled The Solidarity Society by the Fabian...
Philip Booth
15 January 2010
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It is good news, at least to some extent, that George Osborne has announced that some cuts will be made in government spending as soon as the Conservatives enter office. But, he should be careful....
John Blundell
15 January 2010
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Six weeks before he died in late April 1946, Keynes was visited by Hayek, who told me the conversation went something like this: HAYEK: What if you are wrong? KEYNES: Don’t worry. If I...
Kristian Niemietz
14 January 2010
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In my school days, the use of articles in front of nouns like “school”, “church”, “hospital” etc in the English language was among the issues that constantly...
Richard Wellings
13 January 2010
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Around 235 million passengers passed through Britain’s airports in 2009. Most of those – both arriving and departing – will have experienced significant delays due to security...
Peter King
12 January 2010
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I recently had a discussion with a commissioning editor of an academic publishing house who informed me that any new book proposal to do with New Labour stood little chance of getting published, but...
Philip Booth
8 January 2010
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Just after Christmas a number of members of the IEA’s SMPC wrote to the Sunday Times about the dire need for a fiscal plan to deal with government borrowing. In this context, it is worth...
Richard Wellings
7 January 2010
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The current cold snap has led to widespread disruption on Britain’s roads. Much of the network has been left untreated as local authorities have struggled to cope and many routes have been...
Len Shackleton
6 January 2010
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British households have received more than 180 million free or subsidised light bulbs in the last eighteen months from energy companies. Many if not most of these are lying idle, as the government...
Dan Mitchell
5 January 2010
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Peter King
4 January 2010
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The left, we might think, has had a bad time of it intellectually over the last 15 years: socialism has collapsed, Marxism has little or no credibility and supposedly left of centre governments...
Richard Wellings
31 December 2009
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" ●  The IEA’s climate change debate, featuring Nigel Lawson and S. Fred Singer, is now online (videos) ●  Mark Littlewood talks to Al Jazeera about the state of the UK...
Steven Kates
30 December 2009
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To die at 94, still compos mentis, still engaged in the economic debate, is astonishing. Some people seem to be born lucky, and Samuelson was one of those people. Paul Samuelson taught Keynesian...
Philip Booth
28 December 2009
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Yesterday I appeared on the Radio 4 Sunday Programme. The programme is available online on the BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnbd until 2 January. It...
Philip Booth
24 December 2009
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One of the more irritating suggestions that people make in the debate about “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is that “businesses should put something back into society...
Kristian Niemietz
21 December 2009
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I once saw a strange movie about a woman who made up a fictitious son and convinced everyone in her village that he existed. She tells anecdotes about him all the time, so vividly that in the...
Peter King
17 December 2009
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It is now almost exactly 30 years since one of Mrs Thatcher’s iconic social policies was launched. On 20 December 1979 the Conservative government published a Housing Bill which included the...