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Len Shackleton
16 February 2010
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The Guardian had a splash on Saturday with yet another attack on the big supermarkets. On this occasion it accused Asda and Tesco of having raised their prices in the weeks running up to Christmas....
Ali Salman
15 February 2010
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Last month the Heritage Foundation released the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom. Every year, a similar index is also issued by the Fraser Institute to compare countries across the globe. These...
Kristian Niemietz
12 February 2010
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European leaders did their best to avoid a clear stance on Greece yesterday. But with a budget deficit of over 12% of GDP, a debt ratio of almost 120% of GDP, an electorate fiercely opposed to the...
Philip Booth
11 February 2010
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The case for requiring undergraduate students to contribute to the cost of their tuition is now widely accepted. Lifetime earnings premiums of between £100,000 and £200,000 from...
Richard Wellings
10 February 2010
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The pioneers of Britain’s welfare state may have had good intentions. By founding the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, they hoped to improve access to treatment for the poor. But, more...
Kristian Niemietz
8 February 2010
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“Today we invite you to come with us on a special journey; to open your eyes and look at poverty. Open your ears and listen to the voices of poor people! Open your heart and meet people! Open...
Patricia Morgan
5 February 2010
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Shadow Chancellor George Osborne leads the chorus of tut-tutting at means-tested child tax credits going to “better-off” families and seems to believe that we would save enough to bail...
Philip Booth
4 February 2010
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I suppose I am not the right person to be giving an unbiased take on the Pope’s recent remarks to the English and Welsh Bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome on this secular economics blog...
Len Shackleton
2 February 2010
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" You couldn’t make this one up. A spectacularly unsuccessful contestant in Britain’s Got Talent, Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, has lodged an Employment Tribunal case against the ITV...
Kristian Niemietz
1 February 2010
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Save the Children has recently been quoted regarding their findings on “severe child poverty”, which is rising. Indeed, it was increasing before the recession and, according to the...
Richard Wellings
30 January 2010
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" ●  Gary Becker explains how to increase employment ●  Samuel Gregg discusses Latin America after the Left    ●  JP Floru advocates a market for tigers...
Dan Mitchell
29 January 2010
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Ali Salman
28 January 2010
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Like other developing countries, Pakistan is deploying microfinance as a way of lifting people out of poverty. The basic assumption is that poor people lack access to affordable capital and once...
Kristian Niemietz
27 January 2010
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Keith Richards seems to be a personified refutation of the laws of human biology. After decades of self-abuse, Richards is still alive and kicking, and in better shape than many ...
James Stanfield
26 January 2010
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In the Guardian recently, Michael Arthur and Wendy Piatt, representing the Russell Group of the 20 leading British research-intensive universities, made the following plea: “Our politicians...
Len Shackleton
25 January 2010
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has just published proposals for “voluntary” reporting of the gender pay gap in businesses with more than 250 employees. I put “voluntary...
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...