Blog

Search

D. R. Myddelton
7 April 2009
10 comments

Anatole Kaletsky [The Times, April 6] says the G20 countries are right to borrow and spend even more than they have done already. But he seems to be living in a dream world. First he says this...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2009
8 comments

It is not always necessary to contradict politicians; it is often better to wait until they contradict themselves. A case in point would seem to be Health Secretary Alan Johnson...
Richard Wellings
2 April 2009
4 comments

Gordon Brown may be advocating a further fiscal stimulus as a means to promote economic recovery at today’s G20 meeting, but, certainly in Britain’s case, implementing such a policy...
Philip Booth
1 April 2009
12 comments

There is a strange post on Guido’s blog suggesting that even the IEA is advocating quantitative easing (QE). He says that he reached this conclusion after ringing round the “centre-...
David Moller
31 March 2009
6 comments

There is a strange thing about this particular financial crisis. Though some have murmured about “a crisis of capitalism”, few have yet suggested a return to full-blooded, full-frontal...
Tim Congdon
30 March 2009
comments

The current financial crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between the commercial banks and the Bank of England. Before 1997 Britain had a system in which the Bank of England...
Dominique Lazanski
28 March 2009
4 comments

The government has just announced plans to monitor social networking sites, in the name of “anti-terrorism”. Officials claim that they will not be monitoring or recording the content of...
Kristian Niemietz
27 March 2009
6 comments

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...
Peter King
26 March 2009
16 comments

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a debate on the housing opportunities for young people hosted by BBC Radio Leicester. The young people there were very aware of the issues of affordability and...
Philip Booth
26 March 2009
4 comments

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....
Richard Wellings
25 March 2009
comments

●  Philip Booth lectures on “Catholicism and Capitalism” at Westminster Cathedral Hall (video)   ●  Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy argue that we must not let the ‘...
Philip Booth
24 March 2009
10 comments

I am not altogether clear at the moment what the Conservatives’ policy is at the broader fiscal level. In current circumstances they probably need a few months to sort things out but...
J. R. Shackleton
23 March 2009
4 comments

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...
Kristian Niemietz
19 March 2009
8 comments

Eighty years ago the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises showed how a supposedly “targeted” state intervention in a free economy can produce a whole spiral of follow-up interventions....
David Moller
18 March 2009
14 comments

Though some of the language of Self-Help by Samuel Smiles can seem dated – a little archaic even – there is no doubt that its main lessons are as valuable and relevant today as they were...
J. R. Shackleton
17 March 2009
10 comments

Sir Liam Donaldson’s proposal for a minimum price per unit of alcohol is a novel addition to the long list of interventions in markets in the name of some alleged higher good. As is often the...
Philip Booth
16 March 2009
6 comments

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
13 March 2009
12 comments

Past experience is the foundation on which our beliefs about the desirability of different policies and institutions are mainly based … While the events of the past are the source of...
Richard Wellings
12 March 2009
16 comments

Benefit rates are set to rise substantially next month. State pensions will rise by 5%, while means-tested payments, such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, will rise by 6.3%. The new rates, based on...
Richard Wellings
11 March 2009
comments

●  Don Boudreaux sets out the unsung successes of the market   ●  Ruth Lea warns that very low interest rates could be counter-productive   ●  Andrew Lilico explains the...