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Christopher Snowdon
22 October 2012
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Are the British developing a taste for smuggled booze and moonshine? There was a five-fold increase in the number of seizures of counterfeit alcohol by Trading Standards between 2008/09 and 2010/11...
Kristian Niemietz
17 February 2012
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Economists often try to explain that the cost of a tax is not simply the sum of money we hand over to the exchequer. Almost all taxes cause distortions by interfering with our behaviour, and...
Patrick Basham
9 December 2010
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Notwithstanding David Cameron’s infatuation with nudging, the in-vogue tool would appear to have little merit as a guiding principle of policymaking. The Department of Health’s new...
Lucy McDonald
13 August 2010
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Plans to introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol in the North-West of England – apparently supported by David Cameron – are deeply misguided. In all markets price-fixing is...
Mark Littlewood
6 July 2010
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Alcohol consumption is now a major problem in British society. Drunken teenagers are running rampant in our town centres. Accident and emergency wards are chock-a-block with people who have fallen...
J. R. Shackleton
17 March 2009
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Sir Liam Donaldson’s proposal for a minimum price per unit of alcohol is a novel addition to the long list of interventions in markets in the name of some alleged higher good. As is often the...