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Philip Booth
12 August 2015
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When the current government is not regulating prices by imposing floors, such as the minimum wage, it is regulating prices by imposing ceilings such as on consumer credit and pensions products. When...
Ryan Bourne
14 July 2015
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George Osborne’s desired message was clear. He claimed last week’s Budget was a new settlement for a “higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country”. The Tory media duly...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2015
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Nothing is certain in life but death and the annual claim that the poorest fifth of households pay the highest proportion of their incomes in taxes. Each year, when the ONS publishes its ‘...
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...
Mikko Arevuo
12 May 2015
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The economic impact of higher top tax rates was one of the more contentious themes of the recent general election. The advocates of higher marginal tax rates for top earners dismissed the idea that...
Andrew Lilico
21 April 2015
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Simon Wren-Lewis, a professor at Oxford and an active blogger, is a long-standing opponent of the Coalition’s economic strategy.  He is currently running a series of blogs on what he terms...
Mark Littlewood
14 April 2015
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There are still 23 days to go, and the signs are bleak. Astonishingly, the rest of this election campaign could be even more trivial, insubstantial and tedious than we have witnessed to date. This...
Philip Booth
10 April 2015
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We have a tax system that is badly designed in principle and far too complex in practice. It is completely unreasonable for politicians to blame individuals and companies who try to minimise their...
Ryan Bourne
1 April 2015
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Robert Peston is currently running a piece entitled: ‘Who to trust - business leaders or economists?’ regarding the election and broad economic strategy on the BBC website. This morning...
Philip Booth
31 March 2015
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The Christian group Care has regularly published a report on the taxation of families in Britain and other developed countries. Its last report concluded that single-earner married couples...
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...
Tom Packer
26 March 2015
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In all the sound and fury of the coming election, it’s important not to forget the areas where the parties agree. This includes support for much greater “localism” and devolution of...
Andrew Lilico
24 March 2015
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Dr Andrew Lilico, member of the IEA’s Academic Advisory Council, writes for CapX:   Paul Krugman once did something or other quite good on the economics of trade, winning him the Nobel...
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...
Philip Booth
18 March 2015
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Whenever we approach a General Election or Budget, the competition for the daftest tax policy idea is always intense. The current front-runner is probably the proposal to largely exempt houses from...
Ryan Bourne
17 March 2015
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It's a well-known saying that “turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”. So calling for George Osborne to take to the despatch box tomorrow and announce that he’s abolishing...
Ryan Bourne
11 March 2015
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We should have called 2010 ‘The Phoney Election’. Right up until polling day, our wannabe political leaders were debating the desirability of £6 billion worth of ‘efficiency...
Philip Booth
27 February 2015
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The Greens have a radical policy agenda which would, if implemented, probably involve a huge transfer of power from the people to the state. The Greens must, however, be given credit for clearly...
Philip Booth
13 February 2015
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Those who wish to cut government arts funding are often branded ‘philistines’. But there is a difference between appreciating the arts and believing that the state should support the arts...
Ryan Bourne
12 February 2015
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‘Dear chief secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left’. That twelve-word note left in the Treasury from Liam Byrne, Labour’s former Chief Secretary to the...