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Kristian Niemietz
19 January 2011
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Imagine our government managed to enact policies that brought down the cost of essential goods and services in this country, resulting in a pronounced improvement in the living standards of the...
Kristian Niemietz
12 January 2011
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Imagine Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx and Saddam Hussein were meeting somewhere in the afterlife, deciding to write a joint policy paper. Difficult to imagine? Not at all. The...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2010
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“Most children living in poverty are not from workless households”, writes the Guardian: “The number of children of working parents who are living in poverty in the UK has...
Kristian Niemietz
6 December 2010
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The appropriate context for the term “breeding” is surely documentary films about wildlife, not welfare policy debates. Moreover, it is clear that the “return on investment...
Kristian Niemietz
30 November 2010
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There are lies, damned lies, and, the saying goes, statistics. And then there are statistical claims made by Polly Toynbee. Toynbee embraces the government’s plan to publish figures on the...
Kristian Niemietz
17 November 2010
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In a radio debate with Mark Littlewood, Adrian Sinfield, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh, was critical of IEA proposals to replace the...
Kristian Niemietz
12 November 2010
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Finally, with the release of the DWP White Paper, Iain Duncan Smith has let the cat out of the bag. In the future, jobseekers who reject a job offer, a short-term community work placement, or who...
Kristian Niemietz
9 November 2010
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Even if the debate about Housing Benefit has gone wrong in many ways, it is a good thing that it is being held at all, if only to raise awareness about the issue. The HB bill is running at about...
Kristian Niemietz
3 November 2010
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Foreign observers reading the British press may be forgiven if they expect death squads roaming the streets of London from next April on, expelling the capital’s poor. There has been no...
Kristian Niemietz
29 October 2010
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The welfare section of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) contains many elements which are “pragmatic” rather than strategic. This includes the temporary freezing of the Savings...
Kristian Niemietz
11 October 2010
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The DWP is getting serious about the plans to merge a host of existing benefits into a Universal Credit (UC) with a single taper rate. There are two main aims. One is to simplify the system to...
Kristian Niemietz
7 October 2010
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Imagine the IEA issued a publication asserting that material hardship was no longer an issue in the developed world. The least well-off were enjoying such high levels of material comfort that we...
Kristian Niemietz
5 October 2010
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Yesterday, the coalition announced that Child Benefit (CB) will be scrapped for families where one member belongs to the higher-rate tax bracket. A sensible reform idea, even when the details are...
Kristian Niemietz
30 September 2010
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Should the NHS bribe people into leading healthy lives? Should there be cash incentives paid out when people eat less junk food, quit smoking, drink less alcohol etc? In a BBC News Channel debate...
Kristian Niemietz
17 September 2010
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Free marketeers have received support from an unlikely ally. During a press conference in Cuba, the Máximo Líder Fidel Castro publicly admitted that the Cuban model no longer works...
Kristian Niemietz
10 September 2010
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“The welfare state is now a vast, sprawling bureaucracy that can act to entrench, rather than solve, the problems of poverty and social exclusion.” The above quote does not come from a...
Kristian Niemietz
2 September 2010
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Anti-consumerism as a gut-feeling has been around for ages . But the attempt to rationalise the sentiment in economic terms is a product of our times – and a successful one at that. With...
Kristian Niemietz
17 August 2010
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If you haven’t read a book that made you laugh out loud on the bus or the Tube in a while, try Christopher Snowdon’s superb release, The Spirit Level Delusion (SLD). But the book...
Kristian Niemietz
6 August 2010
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It may seem like a fox writing a publication on geese-keeping. And yet, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has joined the debate on the ‘Big Society’. The core message of Ten big...
Kristian Niemietz
27 July 2010
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Banker-bashing, hedge-fund bashing, speculator-bashing: one of the legacies of the financial crisis will surely be a hugely negative perception of financial markets. These are now widely...