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Philip Booth
31 January 2012
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Apparently, the World Economic Forum – a pre-skiing holiday talking shop for many of its attendees - exists as “an independent international organization committed to improving the...
Philip Booth
20 January 2012
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Many UK economists are pretty sanguine about euro break-up. Patrick Minford, for example, in the minutes of the Shadow Monetary Policy Committee this month wrote that tales of disaster have little...
Philip Booth
16 January 2012
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A major policy plank in the re-branding of the Conservative Party has been the adoption of well-being economics – one of the favourite fads of the left. Six years ago, David Cameron made a...
Philip Booth
12 January 2012
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My last blog post was on recycling so I guess it is appropriate if I recycle some material from an old blog post to deal with Nick Clegg’s latest attack on the  'it’s not...
Philip Booth
5 January 2012
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The Christmas-to-New Year holiday was a bad period for those of us who believe in deregulation. A minimum price for alcohol was proposed; a massive extension of state funding and regulation of...
Philip Booth
23 December 2011
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Perhaps the wisest words in the wake of the financial crash by a religious person were written by Cardinal Pell when he said: “The only thing we can say is to repeat the central teachings of...
Philip Booth
7 December 2011
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The BBC’s coverage of the National Social Survey shows the BBC at its very worst. It has completely misrepresented the survey to promote its own political worldview that we are becoming more...
Philip Booth
6 December 2011
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Thirty years ago, the economics profession was dominated by naive Keynesians. The author of the standard textbook at the time, used by the majority of A-level students and first-year undergraduates...
Philip Booth
28 November 2011
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Last week, the IEA held a discussion on the EU. There were some prominent euro enthusiasts there, together with a large number of sceptics. I was somewhat surprised by the enthusiasm of the free-...
Philip Booth
18 November 2011
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  Newsnight this week had, for them, a reasonably balanced piece on the proposed EU transactions tax on Wednesday evening. There were some people in favour and some against before an...
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...

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