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Philip Booth
15 November 2011
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Mario Monti has the technical ability to deliver much needed privatisation and liberalisation, but whether he is able to survive the rigours of democratic politics is another matter. When the euro...
Philip Booth
8 November 2011
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It is widely expected that the Prime Minister is going to start calling for a more moral form of capitalism. I have a simple test of whether a politician is trying to debate, or avoid, tough policy...
Philip Booth
1 November 2011
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In the midst of a eurozone sovereign debt crisis - caused largely by government profligacy - it is not surprising, but it is regrettable, that the German Finance Minister should call for more...
Philip Booth
26 October 2011
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Since fox-hunting became illegal, banker bashing has become a new blood sport. Not only is the typical banker portrayed as being greedy, much of what he produces is said to be ‘socially...
Philip Booth
20 October 2011
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The corporate tax systems of developed countries are a labyrinthine mess that often leads to double or even triple taxation of investors. Companies can pay corporation tax on their profits; if the...
Philip Booth
14 October 2011
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Earlier this week, two bits of bleak news were announced. The first was the huge rise in unemployment. The second – apparently technical and mundane – was the release of detailed...
Philip Booth
11 October 2011
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  Over the last few weeks, most economists have been trying to work out how we can deal with the crisis in the eurozone. Will the banks go bust if there is a sovereign default?...
Philip Booth
30 September 2011
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In responding to the riots, many prominent public figures have suggested that the problem is a simple one. With regard to the criminals whose despicable behaviour has destroyed livelihoods, they...
Philip Booth
20 September 2011
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There is much discussion about how to deal with the indebtedness of eurozone countries. Economic analysis is not straightforward, of course. We always have to be aware of the "...
Philip Booth
16 September 2011
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Guido Fawkes reported recently that Polly Toynbee told the Edinburgh Book Show that left-wing people were both more intelligent and generally better people than others. Presumably by this...
Philip Booth
13 September 2011
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  The recent - apparently highly-acclaimed - ICB report smacks of an elegantly worked-out solution to problems that other bodies are addressing much more effectively. The ICB is right...
Philip Booth
9 September 2011
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  Once again we are having an acrimonious debate about land-use planning and development. Our planning system is designed, of course, to create acrimonious debate as we have a ‘winner...
Philip Booth
10 August 2011
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Politicians cannot stop trying to design the economy. In this respect they have a hugely over-inflated sense of their own abilities. Gordon Brown, of course, was an impulsive meddler – he...
Philip Booth
13 July 2011
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If you google the phrase 'vicious public spending cuts' you get 64,000 results from UK websites. Even if 32,000 of those are references to articles written by Polly Toynbee, that...
Philip Booth
10 July 2011
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The coalition government is short of policies that the free-market movement around the world might point to in generations to come as being of some importance in rolling back the state. Radicalism...
Philip Booth
23 June 2011
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Mechanisms to ensure the political acceptability of privatisations should not be rejected automatically, simply because they are inefficient and raise less money for the taxpayer. Political...
Alberto Mingardi
20 June 2011
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Late last year Philip Booth and I proposed a solution to the euro crisis in an article for the Wall Street Journal. This would not resolve all the problems - indeed one of the purposes of the...
Philip Booth
13 June 2011
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In his recent New Statesman editorial, Archbishop Rowan Williams criticised the re-emergence of the seductive language of the deserving and underserving poor. The job of a Bishop is to...
Philip Booth
9 June 2011
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Benedict Brogan asks what David Cameron should do about Archbishop Rowan Williams' full frontal attack on health, education and welfare reform. He suggests that he should consider the PR perils...
Philip Booth
3 June 2011
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One has to be very alarmed that the Chairman of the Defra Select Committee – Conservative MP Ann McIntosh – is arguing that fishing quotas should not be traded as an economic commodity...