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Philip Booth
3 May 2013
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In the wake of Mrs. Thatcher’s death, there has been much discussion about her economic record and her political achievements. However, one of the more annoying points that people try to...
Mark Littlewood
25 February 2013
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A major irritation for anyone attempting to engage in an informed public discussion of economic policy is the media’s desire to latch onto any piece of news which makes a snappy...
Kristian Niemietz
10 February 2012
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Imagine your neighbour buys a car, a new model which has not been tested yet. Over the next few months, you realise that he has nothing but trouble with it. The car is unreliable, inefficient and...
Linda Whetstone
3 February 2012
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Government spending and regulation come about through an alliance of interests both within and outside the government, and once established the incentives to either grow the intervention or to...
Ruth Porter
16 January 2012
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When it comes to happiness, myths abound. For centuries we have hotly debated what makes a good life, where satisfaction ultimately comes from and fundamentally how we can be happy. The...
Adam Tebble
6 January 2012
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BBC Online recently produced an informative presentation entitled ‘What really caused the eurozone crisis?’ Taking the reader through a number of key steps and moments, it shows in...
Richard Wellings
21 December 2011
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As the economic slump persists, calls are growing for an increase in infrastructure spending as a means of boosting growth. Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have announced plans for the delivery...
Nick Hayns
13 December 2011
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It seems to be something of a truism in politics that if an untruth is repeated loud enough and with enough frequency it becomes imbued with a de-facto plausibility. 'It must be a good idea if...
Len Shackleton
2 December 2011
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Despite the increasingly worrying position of the public finances, the urge to spend more appears to be hardwired into politicians and can be resisted only with the greatest of exertions. One area...
Kristian Niemietz
1 December 2011
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‘Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst’, goes the opening line of the Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) response to the...
Stephen Michael MacLean
25 November 2011
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Students of public choice theory will recognise the rationale behind the Canadian government’s recent effort to cut waste. In response to an access-to-information request, the Treasury...
Mark Littlewood
21 October 2011
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  A year has now passed since the government published the results of its Comprehensive Spending Review. Brazenly, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has marked the...
Len Shackleton
15 August 2011
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In many ways it is too early to draw conclusions for public policy from the riots which the country has experienced in the last week or so. But this does not seem to have deterred our ever-active...
Stephen Michael MacLean
25 July 2011
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Negotiations in Washington are providing an instructive lesson in political economy as both parties haggle over terms for raising the debt ceiling (currently at $14.3 trillion, to be hit on 2nd...
Kristian Niemietz
21 July 2011
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‘Absolute bloody idiots’, ‘insane ramblings of an extremist group’, ‘this insanity belongs in the bin’, ‘makes me wonder what these educated idiots who...
Richard Wellings
20 July 2011
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Earlier this week, in a piece for ConservativeHome, Karen Lumley MP launched an astounding attack on the IEA’s latest research paper, High Speed 2: the next government project disaster? Her...
Richard Wellings
19 July 2011
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Britain’s transport sector is cursed by endless intervention by politicians. Investment has tended to be driven by political priorities rather than consumer demand. The emphasis has been on...
Len Shackleton
18 July 2011
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I was disappointed, but hardly surprised, to see a lot of abusive web posts following the publication of Sharper Axes, Lower Taxes. The main drift of these usually anonymous comments was that the...
Nick Hayns
12 July 2011
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‘Support for UK cuts plummets’ screams a hyperbolic headline in today’s Financial Times. It relates to a poll carried out by the FT and Harris. Let us put aside the question as to...
Mark Pennington
8 July 2011
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Last week saw large scale strike action from public sector workers here in the UK, campaigning against changes to pension arrangements and more generally ‘cuts’ to government spending....

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