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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...
Economic Affairs
25 June 2009
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A new study published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs examines the compatibility of the Islamic religion with free-market economic policies. Contrary to the concerns of many in the West,...
Richard Wellings
24 June 2009
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The last decade has been marked by a combination of low savings rates and high debt levels in both the USA and Britain. Indeed in 2005, the savings rate in the US reached zero, while 13 million...
Richard Wellings
22 June 2009
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Britain now faces its worst ever peacetime fiscal crisis, yet our politicians seem incapable of grasping the seriousness of the situation. Indeed, when Andrew Lansley suggested recently...
John Meadowcroft
18 June 2009
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Advocates of privatisation have often paid insufficient attention to one of the most important reasons why scholars like Friedman and Hayek argued in favour of privatisation: that people are the...
Philip Booth
17 June 2009
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No doubt IEA blog readers will have different views on the news that the BBC is likely to have to share its licence fee with ITV news and children’s programme producers (with expressions of...
Richard Wellings
16 June 2009
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●  Philip Booth argues there is no real concept of a market in the British education system   ●  Gary Becker on Obama’s fatal conceit   ●  Samuel Brittan reviews...
Peter King
15 June 2009
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Ronald Reagan famously stated the perfect response that government should make to any crisis: “Don’t just do something, stand there!” This, it seems to me, is still the best...
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...