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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...
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....
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...
Philip Booth
16 March 2009
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I now have to admit that I was unduly optimistic about the UK response to the crash regarding the future of financial regulation. Initially, there seemed to be some humility on behalf of the...
Kristian Niemietz
9 March 2009
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At a time when both public deficits and government spending are increasing (bank bailouts and stimulus packages), there is immense political pressure to address the issue of tax havens....
Philip Booth
6 March 2009
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Surely Gordon Brown needs a new speech writer. Apparently the US Congress voted with their feet, with the empty seats being filled up with staffers but, had they stayed, what would they have...
Nick Silver
17 February 2009
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Last week the government chose to ignore its own advisors and decided not to downgrade ecstasy to a “class B” drug. This is despite substantial evidence that existing policies have...
Terry Arthur
10 February 2009
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Philip Booth
4 February 2009
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On Monday, George Osborne made an interesting speech. It would have been a good opening statement at a dinner party of economists. There was a lot to chew on but the ideas were ill defined. But they...
Richard Wellings
18 December 2008
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The Madoff scandal is yet more bad news for the financial sector. Several major banks may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the alleged scam. An important question is whether this would...
Michael Beenstock
2 December 2008
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The gut reaction to the current financial crisis is that we need more and better regulation. Few understand that regulation is part of the problem and not its solution. The solution lies in...
Philip Booth
18 November 2008
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Without wishing to trivialise the former, there are eerie similarities between the tragic case of Baby P and the failure of Northern Rock. In the banking sector, the FSA, which has virtually...
Martin Ricketts
17 November 2008
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The newspapers have been full of reports recently about the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer summoning senior bankers and ‘ordering’ them to reduce the interest rates charged on...
Richard Wellings
11 November 2008
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The last century has seen a steady expansion of the ‘nanny state’, a process that has arguably accelerated in the last decade. A ‘banning culture’ has developed, with...
Terry Arthur
10 October 2008
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On 9th October, Anatole Kaletsky, Associate Editor of The Times, wrote “Banking crises have never been resolved purely by market forces. Once a financial panic starts, government intervention...
Philip Booth
2 October 2008
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Christians have a duty to be properly informed when they speak out. Catholics specifically call the sin of blundering into the unknown “imprudence”. Surely the...
Peter J. Boettke
27 September 2008
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The market economy is a profit and loss system. Imprudent decisions do require correction – if not by the individuals themselves, then by others who enter into the market in the hope of...
Philip Booth
26 September 2008
8 comments

Until last week, it seemed that one only needed a couple of PhDs in monetary economics and finance to make head or tail of what was going on in financial markets. It now seems that a PhD in...
Philip Booth
25 September 2008
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It is always disappointing when Bishops follow the mob rather than trying to lead their flock. The Archbishop of York joined in the name calling yesterday. Today, in the Spectator, the...
Philip Booth
8 September 2008
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Many of us have long argued that the welfare state underwrites irresponsible behaviour and crowds out the institutions that could have provided schools, hospitals and social insurances privately....

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