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Kristian Niemietz
14 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 - Continued from part 1 (healthcare) - Up until 2016, the UK was one of the most centralised countries in the world. What was strange about this arrangement was that...
Kristian Niemietz
11 May 2015
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The Economist, 11 April 2020 With the 2020 General Election less than four weeks away, this special edition and the next two will provide some in-depth analysis of what we think this government got...
Kristian Niemietz
29 April 2015
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When the action movie ‘Thor’ and its sequel were shown in cinemas, the media often referred to its protagonist as a ‘Viking God’ or an ‘ancient Scandinavian God’....
Kristian Niemietz
15 April 2015
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-“Suppose it could be proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a private for-profit healthcare provider offers better care than NHS providers in the same area. Should NHS patients have a...
Kristian Niemietz
2 April 2015
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Nigel Crisp knows the NHS better than almost anyone. In his role as its chief executive (2000-2006), he oversaw the formulation and, partly, the implementation of transformative reforms. His book 24...
Kristian Niemietz
30 March 2015
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There has been a lot of speculation about where the Conservatives’ headline £12bn of welfare savings should come from. I suspect that the party’s unwillingness to provide any...
Kristian Niemietz
19 March 2015
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Given the proximity to the election, most commentators predicted a 'Budget of giveaways', full of populist gimmicks. Judged against that expectation, the actual Budget was relatively sensible...
Kristian Niemietz
12 March 2015
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Economists are a notoriously quarrelsome bunch, who disagree on almost everything. Ask three economists, and you’ll get four opinions. The reason is that in economics, empirical literature is...
Kristian Niemietz
3 March 2015
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Most of the time, the role of think tanks is to engage in holistic, ‘big picture’ thinking. Think tank work is often about taking a few steps back, and looking beyond the specifics of the...
Kristian Niemietz
23 February 2015
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Among the more reasonable supporters of the single-payer model of healthcare, a common argument is that while the NHS may not literally be the ‘envy of the world’, at least it is better...
Kristian Niemietz
8 January 2015
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In the early 2000s, long waiting times at Accident and Emergency departments were commonplace. About one in five patients was stuck in the waiting room for longer than four hours before being seen....
Kristian Niemietz
22 December 2014
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The 2004 film Saw was a fine horror movie, which immediately became a minor genre classic. In an ideal world, the makers of the movie would have left it there, and moved on to something else....
Kristian Niemietz
15 December 2014
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When Air Passenger Duty was originally introduced in 1994, it was not supposed to be an environmental tax. The relevant government documents contain no reference to the environmental impact of...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2014
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When Chancellor George Osborne spoke about 'aggressive tax planning' in his Autumn Statement speech, I couldn't help the image of 'Irwin R. Shyster' from creeping up in my mind....
Kristian Niemietz
2 December 2014
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Danny Alexander’s plan to make the state a major player in housebuilding is just the latest in a line of useless political schemes to appease all the wrong people and let down all the right...
Kristian Niemietz
20 November 2014
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In August, BBC News launched an online calculator which enabled people to work out whether their house was earning more than they did. On the basis of the postcode and some basic information about...
Kristian Niemietz
7 November 2014
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When I first heard about Sushi in the early 2000s, like many others, I found the idea of eating raw fish very strange. When a friend urged me to give it a try, I flatly refused. - ‘Why on earth...
Kristian Niemietz
3 November 2014
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I always find it bemusing when some protest group seeks to prevent the opening of a supermarket, or a fast food outlet, on the grounds that ‘the local community’ does not want it. If that...
Kristian Niemietz
15 October 2014
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William Beveridge is not a popular figure among classical liberals. He is blamed for paving the way for the nationalisation of social security, or at least greatly amplifying an existing trend in...
Kristian Niemietz
3 October 2014
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A while ago, a friend from abroad who was visiting me in London asked me what I thought about the government’s plans to privatise the NHS. Slightly irritated, I assured him that no such plans...