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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...
Kristian Niemietz
15 July 2010
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In the early 1960s, Chicago economist Milton Friedman travelled to Hong Kong to meet Sir John Cowperthwaite, the colony’s Financial Secretary. The economic development of Hong Kong had aroused...
Kristian Niemietz
8 July 2010
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In hindsight, what would you say were the largest political achievements of the New Labour government? Whatever you have in mind now, I bet the answer is different from the one which the...
Kristian Niemietz
29 June 2010
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Some of the old video recorders made in the 1980s had an annoying kink: they could not hold the freeze frame mode for long. Shortly after pressing the pause button, they would automatically switch...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2010
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From the moment Frank Field raised doubts about the validity of relative poverty measures, the outrage industry has been up in arms against him. The poverty enquiry which Field will conduct for the...
Kristian Niemietz
18 June 2010
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If J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings was re-made into a seasonable film today, it would probably look like this: The Dark Lord Sauron would be replaced by Sir Terry Leahy, while...
Kristian Niemietz
11 June 2010
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Swinging the axe on benefits and tax credits is no longer taboo after the coalition’s announcements that these spending areas will be scrutinised towards the end of this year. It looks as...
Kristian Niemietz
7 June 2010
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Michael Gove has hesitantly accepted the inclusion of for-profit schools in the coalitions’ proposed school-choice reforms – a quasi-voucher scheme under which school funding would...
Kristian Niemietz
28 May 2010
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“The purpose of my life here is to improve the quality of life of the worst off in society.” Such ambitious rhetoric is not unusual for new incumbents at the Department for Work and...
Kristian Niemietz
21 May 2010
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Once upon a time, an old Nordic legend tells, there lived a princess in Burgundy who owned a huge treasure of gold. One night the treacherous Hagen von Tronje, an advisor to the king, broke into the...
Kristian Niemietz
14 May 2010
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It is easy to be pessimistic about Britain’s future economic prospects. The Lib-Con coalition agreement contains policies which are troubling. Indeed, there is a danger the...
Kristian Niemietz
13 April 2010
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The Economist has repeatedly criticised the Conservative Party’s proposal to permit married couples to pool their income tax allowances. The plan would benefit single-breadwinner families...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2010
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“A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper. He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him,...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2010
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George Osborne’s announcement that he intends to reverse the increase in National Insurance Contributions has rightfully received applause from a number of business leaders, who called...
Kristian Niemietz
31 March 2010
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Unemployment figures may still look bleak, but there is one occupational group which can be thoroughly relaxed about their future employment prospects. If Ending child poverty: mapping the route to...

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