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Daniel Waxman
27 July 2009
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Conventional wisdom has it that inequality between the rich and the poor has grown substantially in recent years, and that this is a trend which should concern all right-thinking people. A timely...
Philip Booth
24 July 2009
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It was recently reported that over 50 pubs a week were closing as a result of an increase in beer tax. There seems to be some surprise that private sector economic activity is reducing (ignoring the...
Philip Booth
23 July 2009
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If you want to get on the front page of the BBC website and all over the news one morning then run an economic forecasting model with all the spurious accuracy and doubtful assumptions about...
Peter King
22 July 2009
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I turned on the Today Programme yesterday morning and my heart sank: the main story was about how “too many” children from wealthy families were going into the professions and that the...
Len Shackleton
21 July 2009
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It was a disagreeable experience to hear Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, attempting to justify the Commission’s stance on the “public benefit” test for...
Azhar Aslam and Shaista Kazmi
16 July 2009
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The status of women in the Muslim world is a controversial subject. The position accorded to women by Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet differs vastly from practice within various Muslim...
Richard Wellings
15 July 2009
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The development economist Peter Bauer famously observed that “Aid is the process by which poor people in rich countries subsidise rich people in poor countries.” Indeed there is a wealth...
Richard Wellings
14 July 2009
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●  John Blundell on the need to guard think tanks against undue influence   ●  Roger Bate explains why Britain is sailing towards the icebergs    ●  Tim...
Peter King
13 July 2009
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One of the more troubling developments in politics over the last few years is the desire of those on the Right to be seen as “progressive” and to argue for “change”. Indeed...
Philip Vander Elst
10 July 2009
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Is there a strong connection between statism and supranationalism? At a time of rising taxation, increased state control over the banking system, and ever-closer European integration, it is a...
Kristian Niemietz
9 July 2009
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We all know the tune. Private schools are a hotbed of elitism, pillars of a neo-feudal class system where people’s position in life is determined by birth and family name, not merit. Not so,...
Len Shackleton
8 July 2009
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The Department for Work and Pensions has been conducting an experiment which involves sending out bogus applications for 1,000 jobs nationwide. In each case it has sent out two applications, with...
Terry Arthur
7 July 2009
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In the Daily Telegraph last month, Melissa Kite wrote an amusing article about Gordon Brown’s most recent Tsars – Martha Lane Fox as “champion for digital inclusion” and Sir...
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...
Kristian Niemietz
1 July 2009
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“Approximately 32 per cent of children in Wales – 192,000 children – live in poverty”, argues a condensed report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The paper (which builds on...
Dominique Lazanski
30 June 2009
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Lord Carter and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport released the Digital Britain report nearly two weeks ago. Apart from a few brief lines on the BBC website the media coverage has been...
Philip Booth
29 June 2009
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Following on from Richard Wellings’ post on the welfare state and saving, perhaps I can comment on the welfare state and babies. Pay-as-you-go pensions systems rely on children to make...
Richard Wellings
27 June 2009
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●  John Triggs celebrates the 150th anniversary of Samuel Smiles’ Self-Help   ●  Eustace Davie reviews They Meant Well: Government Project Disasters   ●  Peter J....
Len Shackleton
26 June 2009
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This week, researcher Bernard Casey of Warwick University created media interest with a presentation pointing out that days lost at work as a result of stress now exceed the days lost because of...