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Mark Littlewood
28 October 2010
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Much of the analysis of the Comprehensive Spending Review focused on the big picture and the multi-billion pound savings the coalition hopes to make in a wide range of areas – most obviously...
Sandra Tusin
28 October 2010
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Back in 1981, the IEA published State Forestry for the Axe: A Study of the Forestry Commission and De-nationalisation by the Market by Robert Miller. Almost thirty years on, the government is now...
Daniel Jordan
26 October 2010
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Last week’s Comprehensive Spending Review has reignited the debate on how much the government can save by cutting waste. To quote the Review, “Particular focus has been given to reducing...
Philip Booth
23 October 2010
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Philip Booth
22 October 2010
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I must confess to being taken aback by the emphasis in popular comment about the impact of the CSR on the poor. I completely ignored the issue both in my comments on Jeff Randall’s show and in...
Mark Littlewood
22 October 2010
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The Institute for Fiscal Studies has done itself – and the wider public debate about the Comprehensive Spending Review – a considerable disservice over the last twenty four hours. In an...
Paul Robinson
21 October 2010
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Fiscal restraint can be a good thing: properly handled it forces people to determine what is essential and what is not. This, however, requires making choices, something which the government has...
Mark Littlewood
21 October 2010
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The Comprehensive Spending Review deserves a cheer and a half, but not much more than that. The Coalition has developed a welcome single mindedness in getting the public finances under control, but...
Philip Booth
20 October 2010
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George Osborne has probably done enough to ensure that the public finances are back on track and that the national debt will not run out of control. He has, however, taken only the first step on the...
Richard Wellings
20 October 2010
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Amid all the discussion of ‘severe cuts’, perhaps the most important fact to come out of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review is that total government spending in real terms...
Richard Wellings
14 October 2010
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There are over 1,000 quangos in the UK. Today’s news that 192 of them are to be abolished appears to be concrete evidence that the coalition is taking radical action to reduce the role of...
Daniel J. Mitchell
14 October 2010
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This video looks at the budget deficit in the US, but its analysis is also relevant to the UK ahead of next week’s Comprehensive Spending Review.    
Richard Wellings
6 October 2010
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David Cameron’s conference speech has arguably provided observers with important insights into the ideologies helping to drive coalition policy. Worryingly, there were strong elements of...
Peter King
4 October 2010
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Politics, unlike commentary, is the art of the possible. It is about getting things done and surviving in the process. One means of survival, however, is to try to do as little as possible, and we...
Daniel Knowles
25 September 2010
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Yesterday, Eric Pickles defended the government’s decision not to revalue homes for Council Tax. Indeed, it seems hardly anyone – not even the Labour Party – wants a...
Richard Wellings
24 September 2010
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Public sector workers are understandably concerned about the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Trade union leaders have recently spoken of strikes and civil disobedience against...
Richard Wellings
21 September 2010
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Those of us who hope the Liberal Democrats will reject socialism and embrace true liberalism have many reasons to be disappointed by this year’s party conference. Nick Clegg, for example,...
David Atherton
7 September 2010
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Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has been posing as the champion of the Great British pub, saying he can save it by confronting large breweries over the beer tie. Under the beer tie, a...
Peter King
3 September 2010
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I was in a taxi yesterday and after a brief chat about cricket and the virtue of the iPhone, the taxi driver – who, it is important to say, was of Pakistani origin – asked me what I...
Terry Arthur
14 August 2010
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Under the heading “British Film Industry in Peril”, 55 actors signed a letter of protest in The Daily Telegraph at the proposed abolition of the UK Film Council. Their...