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Ryan Bourne
11 February 2014
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‘In our age’ George Orwell once remarked, ‘there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics”. All issues are political issues.’ This, of course, is mainly...
Len Shackleton
1 October 2012
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It is very difficult to deregulate the labour market. Here is a timely case in point – the continuing existence of the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets the new rates of pay for various...
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...
Len Shackleton
4 November 2010
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Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) was originally tipped for abolition by the Coalition. It now appears that it has been spared the flames of the bonfire of Quangos. If it is...
Richard Wellings
14 October 2010
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There are over 1,000 quangos in the UK. Today’s news that 192 of them are to be abolished appears to be concrete evidence that the coalition is taking radical action to reduce the role of...
Richard Wellings
24 September 2010
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Public sector workers are understandably concerned about the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Trade union leaders have recently spoken of strikes and civil disobedience against...
Alison Wolf
4 November 2009
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In this new video, Professor Alison Wolf discusses the disastrous impact of Soviet-style central planning on the UK’s adult education sector. Professor Wolf is launching her study, An Adult...
Len Shackleton
21 July 2009
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It was a disagreeable experience to hear Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, attempting to justify the Commission’s stance on the “public benefit” test for...