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Kristian Niemietz
28 August 2014
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“Labour’s summary of the ideas […] says they “clear the way for a massive shift of resources from the NHS to private companies”. […] [P]rivate companies (Labour...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2014
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An unexpected increase in construction (from an extremely low base) has left building materials, especially bricks, in short supply, leading to a sudden surge in prices. Anti-development activists...
Kristian Niemietz
30 July 2014
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One of the standard arguments against allowing private providers into the health sector is that these would cherry-pick the healthiest, easiest-to-treat patients, leaving behind a sicker patient...
Kristian Niemietz
11 July 2014
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Commentators who celebrated the Commonwealth Fund’s health system rankings, in which the NHS came out as the best system in the world, did not fail to point out that most other countries in the...
Kristian Niemietz
4 July 2014
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A lot of nonsense is being written about the UK’s housing crisis. But Danny Dorling’s book ‘All that is solid. The great housing disaster’ is easily the worst contribution so...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2014
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One of the standard arguments for decentralisation is that if political decisions are taken in closer proximity to the people affected, they will be better targeted and more responsive to the...
Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2014
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‘The NHS has been declared the world's best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health’, a...
Kristian Niemietz
19 June 2014
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Unless you have spent the last two decades in North Korea or in Josef Fritzl’s basement, you will be familiar with that scene from the opening credits of the Simpsons, where it initially...
Kristian Niemietz
27 May 2014
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    Developer:   Hello, I would like to apply for planning permission for a residential development just out of town. Planner:   Forget it. Don’t even bother...
Kristian Niemietz
2 May 2014
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To deal with the problem of escalating rents, Ed Miliband plans to introduce what amounts to a variation of ‘second generation rent controls’ (SGRCs). Under SGRCs, landlords are free to...
Kristian Niemietz
30 April 2014
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Over the past few years, spiked online magazine has consistently and robustly defended the principle of free speech against the censorship demands of the politically correct, whatever quarter they...
Kristian Niemietz
28 April 2014
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The Labour Party plans to increase national insurance contributions in order to raise an additional £30 billion for NHS spending. Not such a bright idea, given the obvious adverse effect on...
Kristian Niemietz
25 April 2014
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The coalition is considering plans to loosen the rules governing the development of new infrastructure, fracking sites, and potentially housing, to facilitate investment. The specifics are not yet...
Kristian Niemietz
14 April 2014
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If you’ve ever wondered why the airport capacity debate has become so problematic, two contributions last week, each exemplifying one of the camps by which it is dominated, show why. First,...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2014
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Political leaders often struggle to find their ‘big idea’, their multi-purpose answer to tackle a range of problems at once. Ed Miliband does not have that problem; he surely has found...
Ryan Bourne and Kristian Niemietz
4 April 2014
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- ‘There’s a study on this by University X, which clearly confirms A.’ - ‘That has long been debunked. Another study, from University Y, rebuts A and conclusively proves B....
Kristian Niemietz
3 April 2014
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Most arguments in favour of a mandatory living wage, or a large hike in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), are playing to a left-wing gallery. There is the paleo-Keynesian argument that a higher NMW...
Kristian Niemietz
31 March 2014
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In health policy, a good rule of thumb for distinguishing nonsense from arguments that deserve a hearing is to ask oneself whether one would accept the same logic in other sectors. This formula...
Kristian Niemietz
27 March 2014
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The last blog piece on so-called ‘second generation rent controls’ (SGRCs) argued that while these controls would not necessarily cause a lot of damage, they would do nothing to solve the...
Kristian Niemietz
26 March 2014
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Whether one agrees with the policy or not, one should think that a trebling of tuition fees cannot but result in a bonanza for universities, and huge savings for the Treasury. Yet according to recent...