Ryan Bourne
20 January 2015
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One of the insights of the Public Choice School of economics is that voting groups with more homogenous interests will have much more influence on the political process than those with more diffuse...
Ryan Bourne
18 February 2014

I’d just arrived in the office when the telephone rang. The enraged caller let rip in a ten-minute diatribe before threatening to put something disgusting through my letter box. For similar...
Kristian Niemietz
6 June 2013

Apparently, the Labour Party is performing a U-turn on universal benefits, or at least on the Winter Fuel Payment. So far, the principle of universality has been seen as sacrosanct. Now, a removal...
Kristian Niemietz
7 May 2013

There are a number of theories about why government spending in developed countries has such a persistent upward tendency, only coming to a halt once the public has been so thoroughly milked that...
Kristian Niemietz
8 December 2011

In very cautious terms, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has questioned the current set of universal benefits for the elderly. This is a major deviation from what has thus far been the coalition...
Philip Booth
3 March 2011

This week, Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP described the views of the authors of Sharing the burden - How the older generation should suffer its share of the cuts as “loathsome”. It...
Philip Booth
22 October 2009

Reform have today launched a report calling for the end of middle class benefits to stave off increases in tax. Before querying that proposal, let me say first that I am glad that they have waded...