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Christopher Snowdon
25 May 2016
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As a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs explains this week, the tale we are told about inequality in Britain is more fiction than fact. Again and again it is claimed that the UK...
Christopher Snowdon
18 April 2016
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Last year, Exeter became the latest city in Britain to introduce a local currency. Totnes, Bristol and Lewes had already done so. Supporters of the Exeter Pound, which can only be exchanged at...
Christopher Snowdon
1 April 2016
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Yesterday saw the publication of the first ever Nanny State Index. It looks at 32 criteria and 28 countries to identify the best and worst places to drink, smoke, vape and eat in the European Union....
Christopher Snowdon
12 January 2016
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Stephen Bubb, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), has written an article for the Telegraph opposing government proposals to extend the Freedom of...
Christopher Snowdon
7 January 2016
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‘If advertising doesn’t work, why do companies spend so much money on it?’ This is the zinger that is supposed to end all argument about whether marketing increases the consumption...
Christopher Snowdon
1 December 2015
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A tax on sugar - and on sugary drinks in particular - has become a cornerstone of the campaign for tobacco-style regulation of the food supply. The arguments against such an intervention are now well...
Christopher Snowdon
16 October 2015
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Does free-market capitalism foster an environment in which death and disease flourish? That is the question asked by academics Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra in How Politics Makes Us Sick:...
Christopher Snowdon
11 September 2015
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The general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Frances O’Grady, said last year that Britain is a country in which ‘inequality soars’ and ‘social mobility has hit reverse...
Christopher Snowdon
16 July 2015
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Sugar is much in the news at the moment, with the British Medical Association calling for a tax on sugary drinks and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition expected to announce new advice on...
Christopher Snowdon
25 June 2015
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In a classic Beyond the Fringe sketch, Peter Cook is a cult leader sat atop a mountain awaiting the end of the world. When the predicted apocalypse fails to arrive, he turns to his followers and says...
Christopher Snowdon
10 June 2015
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Five years ago, in May 2010, I published The Spirit Level Delusion in response to Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's book The Spirit Level which was being widely read at the time. Using similar...
Christopher Snowdon
20 May 2015
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Do you remember the great booze scare of 2004-05? Think back, you must recall it. The prophecies of doom about ‘24 hour drinking’ were everywhere. Shortly before the Licensing Act came...
Christopher Snowdon
5 May 2015
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It is around about this time in the electoral cycle that free market economists and libertarians start talking about their rational decision not to vote. Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute set...
Christopher Snowdon
24 April 2015
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Barack Obama is said to have described inequality as the 'defining challenge of our time' and Ed Miliband has made it a central theme of his election campaign. But what form of inequality do...
Christopher Snowdon
23 April 2015
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Income inequality is usually measured by the Gini coefficient. The Gini goes from 0 to 100, with 0 representing total equality (everybody having exactly the same income) and 100 representing total...
Christopher Snowdon
24 February 2015
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As Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles has long taken a principled stand against what he calls 'government lobbying government' and 'lobbying on the...
Christopher Snowdon
16 February 2015
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Robert Peston, the BBC’s economics editor, has recently made his contribution to the rapidly growing genre of polemical inequality documentaries with the ‘The Price of Inequality’...
Christopher Snowdon
23 December 2014
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In my new IEA monograph Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism, I discuss some of the most common straw men and myths about free-market capitalism. Some ideological disputes cannot be settled by evidence...
Christopher Snowdon
17 December 2014
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One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, the US’s first national legislation designed to control the manufacture, import and supply of...
Christopher Snowdon
11 December 2014
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My report about pub closures was generally well received when it was published yesterday, with the notable exception of the All-Party Parliamentary Save The Pub Group, which sent out a bizarre and...