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D. R. Myddelton
20 April 2009
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The British government, in common with many other governments, has embarked on a policy of “quantitative easing” [QE], also known as “printing money”. Can we trust them to...
Terry Arthur
17 April 2009
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In his recent article in The Spectator, David Cameron tells us that “the public must be given a core reason to vote not just against Labour but for the Conservative Party.” He goes on to...
Richard Wellings
15 April 2009
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The publication of a new edition of A Tiger by the Tail: The Keynesian Legacy of Inflation means that four books by Nobel laureate Friedrich von Hayek can now be downloaded free of charge in pdf...
J. R. Shackleton
14 April 2009
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You might think that the financial sector had received more than its fair share of obloquy in recent months, but last week saw an attack from yet another direction, with the publication of a...
John Blundell
11 April 2009
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The news that the Metropolitan Police is to order officers to stop walking the beat in pairs and to go solo is a huge step forward. For over a decade the IEA has been highlighting what works and...
Richard Wellings
9 April 2009
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●  Gary Becker has an antidote to federal activism   ●  Donald J. Boudreaux argues that stimulus plans destroy wealth   ●  Keith Boyfield responds to Adair Turner’...
Kristian Niemietz
8 April 2009
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I sometimes wonder whether anti-globalisation activists have some kind of automatic text generator, which works more or less like this: you enter an idea which you disapprove of, say “free...
D. R. Myddelton
7 April 2009
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Anatole Kaletsky [The Times, April 6] says the G20 countries are right to borrow and spend even more than they have done already. But he seems to be living in a dream world. First he says this...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2009
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It is not always necessary to contradict politicians; it is often better to wait until they contradict themselves. A case in point would seem to be Health Secretary Alan Johnson...
Richard Wellings
2 April 2009
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Gordon Brown may be advocating a further fiscal stimulus as a means to promote economic recovery at today’s G20 meeting, but, certainly in Britain’s case, implementing such a policy...
Philip Booth
1 April 2009
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There is a strange post on Guido’s blog suggesting that even the IEA is advocating quantitative easing (QE). He says that he reached this conclusion after ringing round the “centre-...
David Moller
31 March 2009
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There is a strange thing about this particular financial crisis. Though some have murmured about “a crisis of capitalism”, few have yet suggested a return to full-blooded, full-frontal...
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...
Dominique Lazanski
28 March 2009
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The government has just announced plans to monitor social networking sites, in the name of “anti-terrorism”. Officials claim that they will not be monitoring or recording the content of...
Kristian Niemietz
27 March 2009
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Switzerland and other so-called “tax havens” have finally succumbed to international pressure and threats to be “blacklisted” by the OECD. Banking secrecy laws will now be...
Peter King
26 March 2009
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A couple of weeks ago I took part in a debate on the housing opportunities for young people hosted by BBC Radio Leicester. The young people there were very aware of the issues of affordability and...
Philip Booth
26 March 2009
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Earlier in the week, David Cameron signalled that he believed that banking regulation should be returned to the Bank of England. However, there is a danger in thinking piecemeal about this problem....
Richard Wellings
25 March 2009
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●  Philip Booth lectures on “Catholicism and Capitalism” at Westminster Cathedral Hall (video)   ●  Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy argue that we must not let the ‘...
Philip Booth
24 March 2009
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I am not altogether clear at the moment what the Conservatives’ policy is at the broader fiscal level. In current circumstances they probably need a few months to sort things out but...
J. R. Shackleton
23 March 2009
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Unnoticed in the economic gloom accompanying the rising unemployment figures, last week saw the publication of the statistics of employment tribunal claims for 2007-2008. The figures are quite...