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Ruth Porter
21 June 2010
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George Osborne has the chance to do something really radical tomorrow in his Budget statement. He must cut public spending to shore up Britain’s precarious economic situation – he has no...
Philip Booth
15 June 2010
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Much was made in the media of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s suggested reduction in the assumed long-term trend growth rate of the economy. It would appear from the analysis that there...
Philip Booth
15 June 2010
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Two things struck me about the OBR report published yesterday. I shall blog about the other later… The first was its treatment of public sector pensions. This is an area where the IEA has...
Fred Hansen
15 June 2010
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The Liberal Democrats have been telling us they want to “hardwire fairness back into national life.” Britain, for all its many strengths, they argue, “is still too...
Nick Silver
14 June 2010
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As we have a new government and we also have a better idea about the effects of the financial crisis on the public finances, I thought it would be worthwhile to update my 2008 paper,...
Nathaniel Clark
8 June 2010
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Freedom-loving writers published in print or online have until the end of June to enter the Bastiat Prize. The think tank,  International Policy Network, is accepting entries in the form of...
Daniel J. Mitchell
8 June 2010
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Tim Congdon
26 May 2010
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In the 15 years to 2007, the British economy had on average faster growth (by about 0.5% to 0.75% a year) than its large European neighbours. A similarly benign context of rising trend output and...
Adam Lyons
25 May 2010
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“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” This is the...
Adam Lyons
24 May 2010
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It appears that the new coalition government remains committed to increasing the rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to a level in line with income tax. There are many reasons why...
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...
Philip Booth
19 May 2010
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Organising a coalition agreement is never easy. There has to be give and take on both sides. However, the Conservatives have made a big mistake in accepting some aspects of Lib Dem tax policy...
D. R. Myddelton
18 May 2010
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The new Chancellor of the Exchequer’s proposal to set up an independent Office for Budget Responsibility sounds like a good idea. But how sad that government ministers cannot be trusted...
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...
Daniel J. Mitchell
13 May 2010
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[Editor's note: the draft coalition agreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats includes a commitment to increase Capital Gains Tax on "non-business assets".]...
Richard Wellings
12 May 2010
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The Conservatives have abandoned their manifesto commitment to raise the Inheritance Tax threshold as part of the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats. This his highly regrettable....
Charles K. Rowley
8 May 2010
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Indecisive outcomes are periodic features of the Westminster model, even though the plurality (first-past-the-post) system is custom-made to secure a single-party majority. Hung parliaments occurred...
Mark Littlewood
6 May 2010
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The next government of the United Kingdom will have to depart wildly from its manifesto commitments in order to rebuild the nation’s finances. In the closing stages of the election campaign,...
Philip Booth
4 May 2010
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D. R. Myddelton
30 April 2010
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My expectations of politicians, those “insidious and crafty animals”, are low. (Like Hayek, I find that over the course of a long life they have steadily gone down.) But in this general...