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Ryan Bourne
27 August 2015
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We live in a world where big ideas are disdained. The term ‘ideologue’ is hurled as abuse, and mainstream politicians embrace ‘pragmatism’ and tell us they are not interested...
Ryan Bourne
25 August 2015
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"Jeremy Corbyn wins economists’ backing for radical plan” thundered the Observer’s front page on Sunday. As I meandered around the supermarket, I did a double-take. Would...
Ryan Bourne
12 August 2015
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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “public debate” about renationalisation, in particular of the railways but even of energy firms. As with others occupying the...
Ryan Bourne
28 July 2015
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The Republican Party must be tearing its hair out. For years, visitors from the US have extolled the strength of the party’s potential Presidential candidates for 2016. The pack is certainly...
Ryan Bourne
14 July 2015
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George Osborne’s desired message was clear. He claimed last week’s Budget was a new settlement for a “higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country”. The Tory media duly...
Ryan Bourne
9 July 2015
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I had a Telegraph blog published this morning detailing my initial reaction to George Osborne’s new ‘National Living Wage’ (NLW) for over-25s announced yesterday. In it, I...
Ryan Bourne
7 July 2015
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With £12bn of working age welfare cuts expected in this Budget, Conservative voices are clamouring for the “Living Wage” to be used as a means of reducing in-work poverty. In the...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2015
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Nothing is certain in life but death and the annual claim that the poorest fifth of households pay the highest proportion of their incomes in taxes. Each year, when the ONS publishes its ‘...
Ryan Bourne
25 June 2015
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Child poverty (measured as children living in a household below 60 per cent of median income) has remained unchanged. But in recent days, as it was expected to have risen, it has been said the...
Ryan Bourne
23 June 2015
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Bruce Springsteen may have been “Born in the USA”, but he says he’d prefer the US to be more like Sweden. With its generous welfare state, many hold up the Swedes, and other...
Ryan Bourne
22 June 2015
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History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. On 12 June, 79 economists wrote to the Guardian condemning George Osborne’s plans to run budget surpluses “in good times...
Ryan Bourne
9 June 2015
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The Living Wage Foundation – which lobbies employers to pay £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 elsewhere – has never called for statutory implementation of its cause. It...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2015
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I once asked one of Margaret Thatcher’s senior advisers whether her governments had been “too obsessed with economics”. “Economics,” he replied, “is not the most...
Ryan Bourne
28 April 2015
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Which school of economic thought has been vindicated by the macroeconomic performance of the UK over the past five years? Given that economists, historians and politicians are still busy analysing...
Christopher Snowdon
24 April 2015
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Barack Obama is said to have described inequality as the 'defining challenge of our time' and Ed Miliband has made it a central theme of his election campaign. But what form of inequality do...
Ryan Bourne
9 April 2015
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Another day, another story about the NHS struggling. Analysis for the Health Foundation found yesterday that improvements in hospital efficiency in recent years had been way below what was...
Ryan Bourne
7 April 2015
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In the aftermath of the Cold War, we were told that capitalism had won. Communism had been defeated, and we were entering Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History” – with capitalist...
Ryan Bourne
1 April 2015
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Robert Peston is currently running a piece entitled: ‘Who to trust - business leaders or economists?’ regarding the election and broad economic strategy on the BBC website. This morning...
Ryan Bourne
17 March 2015
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It's a well-known saying that “turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”. So calling for George Osborne to take to the despatch box tomorrow and announce that he’s abolishing...
Ryan Bourne
11 March 2015
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We should have called 2010 ‘The Phoney Election’. Right up until polling day, our wannabe political leaders were debating the desirability of £6 billion worth of ‘efficiency...