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Laurence Copeland
24 May 2010
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You might have thought that, with the Eurozone in turmoil, the EU would have no time to pursue its vendetta against hedge funds. Far from it, the latest proposals are even more wide-ranging than...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2010
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“A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper. He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him,...
Sam Collins
29 March 2010
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One part of Alastair Darling’s Budget that appears to have received little attention from the media is his plan for a “Credit Adjudication Service“. This new body, it appears, will...
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’...
Tom Papworth
8 December 2009
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Countries trade on their reputations. It is not just the number of eager, materialistic consumers that causes businesses to invest in one country as opposed to another. The hospitality of the host...
Philip Booth
19 November 2009
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I welcome Vince Cable’s repudiation of the Tobin tax but, instead, he has proposed a tax on bank profits to help provide a sort of insurance premium to pay for the losses banks impose on...
David B. Smith
5 November 2009
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There seems to be near-lunatic policy inconsistency between the employment of the controversial and potentially dangerous policy of quantitative easing to boost broad money and credit, and the...
Philip Booth
26 October 2009
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It is difficult to know where to start in writing a blog post about George Osborne’s proposals to ban high-street bank bonuses in cash of more than £2,000. Let me, instead, raise a...
Len Shackleton
23 September 2009
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The papers and airwaves are full of Baroness Scotland’s difficulties over her Tongan housekeeper. I have no strong feelings about what her political fate should be, but I do think, as Oscar...
Kristian Niemietz
3 August 2009
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Nobody likes competition when it takes place in their own backyard. Tax-hungry government officials are by no means an exception. If their counterparts abroad, either by insight or by lack of...
Andrew Lilico
3 July 2009
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There has long been an important problem in the selling of and advising on retail financial products.  Large numbers of individuals and firms call themselves “financial advisors” or even “...
Nick Silver
3 July 2009
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I have written previously that it was a bad idea for the government to take over banks, but given that they have, they ought to be run in taxpayers’ interest. A good starting point is UKFI, the UK...
Laurence Copeland
12 June 2009
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We could see it coming, couldn’t we? Those gigantic over-leveraged hedge funds were bound to come crashing down, as their massive bets turned sour, forcing them to default on their bank loans...
James Alexander
5 June 2009
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The threat of “systemic failure” has been used to justify recent government interventions in the financial sector. Essentially it is a “market-failure” type of argument...
Philip Booth
1 June 2009
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In every walk of life there are people who are greedy, selfish and sometimes those who downright cheat. Some MPs stretched their expenses to the limit, some people have cheated on social security...
Richard A. Epstein
14 May 2009
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In my recent article on monopolization cases under Article 82 of the European Union treaty, I criticized Neelie Kroes and the European Commission for the aggressive application of competition law in...
authors of Verdict on the Crash
12 May 2009
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In a statement published today in the Daily Telegraph and reproduced below, fourteen leading economists – authors of the comprehensive new IEA study, Verdict on the Crash - explain...
Philip Booth
30 April 2009
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In the Financial Times earlier this week, Peter Mandelson wrote:   Sir, I was surprised by the unreconstructed tone of your editorial (”The umpire should not choose sides“, April 21...
J. R. Shackleton
29 April 2009
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Harriet Harman’s long-promised Equality Bill looks set to land employers with further regulatory burdens, while doing little to meet its ostensible objectives – themselves of debatable...
Tim Congdon
30 March 2009
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The current financial crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between the commercial banks and the Bank of England. Before 1997 Britain had a system in which the Bank of England...

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