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Kristian Niemietz
1 February 2016
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The Housing and Planning Bill, which will speed up the sale of social housing, has come under fire from various quarters. The Local Government Association described it as a shift in public spending...
Kristian Niemietz
13 January 2016
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The NHS funding crisis The NHS is ‘at breaking point’, ‘starved of resources’, ‘on the verge of collapse’, overstretched, underfunded, and everybody knows it....
Kristian Niemietz
24 December 2015
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As a teenager, I used to read a magazine which had a rubric called “Whatever happened to…”, which was dedicated to the forgotten pop stars of yesteryear. These were usually artists...
Kristian Niemietz
11 December 2015
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When we talk about ‘Christmas traditions’, we are really talking about a hotchpotch of traditions from different cultures and different eras. The ancient Romans and Greeks already...
Kristian Niemietz
4 December 2015
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Every 14 July, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which kick-started the French Revolution. ‘Bastille Day’ is not just a bank holiday. It is part of France’s national...
Kristian Niemietz
27 November 2015
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This article was first published by The Independent.   One of the good ideas in yesterday’s Autumn Statement was the scrapping of a previously announced bad idea, namely the tax credit...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2015
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According to the Commonwealth Fund, the NHS is the best healthcare system in the world. But according to the OECD, it is one of the worst. Who is right? Is the NHS failing, or is it just underfunded...
Kristian Niemietz
20 November 2015
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What is the future of the NHS? As part of our Paragon Initiative, the IEA hosted a panel discussion to look at: The NHS’ ability to adapt to an ageing population with different health needs...
Kristian Niemietz
13 November 2015
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This article was first published by The Independent.   I have long been toying with a business idea, but never had the time, patience, know-how and, above all, the resolve to do anything with it...
Kristian Niemietz
6 November 2015
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The law of diminishing marginal utility is one of the most basic concepts in economics. What it means is that the more you have of something, the less you enjoy getting more of it. Among other things...
Kristian Niemietz
30 October 2015
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On 10 October 2015, European Students for Liberty held their London Regional Conference. The IEA’s Kristian Niemietz gave a presentation on free market solutions to poverty, on which the...
Kristian Niemietz
19 October 2015
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At the 2015 Battle of Ideas festival, held at the Barbican Centre, the IEA’s Kristian Niemietz represented the ‘No’ side in the panel session 'The NHS: Still Worth...
Kristian Niemietz
30 September 2015
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Last Saturday, several hundred anti-gentrification protesters attacked a ‘hipster’ café in Shoreditch, throwing paint bombs against the windows, and trying to throw a smoke bomb...
Kristian Niemietz
25 September 2015
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The greenbelt is a sacred cow, right? Everybody loves the greenbelt, everybody wants to see it protected, and everybody knows it. A politician advocating a relaxation of greenbelt constraints might...
Kristian Niemietz
18 September 2015
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“Nobody advocates socialism anymore. It is now all just about reforming capitalism.” I must have heard this lazy cliché in hundreds of variations. I've never had much time for...
Kristian Niemietz
16 September 2015
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"New Labour officially dead and buried", tweeted Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil as the Labour leadership election results came in. Writing for the Guardian, general secretary of Unite...
Kristian Niemietz
8 September 2015
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The economic case for user charges in healthcare is easily explained. A well-designed system of charges for people accessing services can encourage cost-consciousness and reduce overuse. If...
Kristian Niemietz
2 September 2015
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Surveys often suffer from what is known as “social desirability bias”: when people sense that an opinion they hold, or a habit they engage in, is unfashionable, they are unlikely to be...
Kristian Niemietz
26 August 2015
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Which country in the world has the best healthcare? Is the NHS fit for purpose? What are the alternatives? How are our healthcare systems going to change in the future? Can the free market provide...
Kristian Niemietz
13 August 2015
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“The strategy of government ministers has been obvious. Starve the NHS of vital cash and resources then force patients to look to the growing private sector […] [H]ad the government...