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Labour apply same old tactics to the Premier League

Lewis Brown - 24 July 2014 - Politics

One of my favourite pointless debates in football is about the best own goal ever scored.  There are a number of candidates: Frank Sinclair and Jamie Carragher were masters of putting the ball in their own net, Peter Enckelman missing the ball completely against hated rivals Birmingham, Djimi Traore’s beautiful ...

Lib Dem reversal on the 'bedroom tax' should worry welfare reform supporters

Adam Memon - 23 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on Thursday 17 July 2014. The Lib Dems announced yesterday that they are heavily watering down their support for the “bedroom tax” – or more accurately, the Under-Occupancy Charge. The policy cuts housing benefit payments by 14 per cent for households with one spare ...

Liberty tax avoidance shows need for freedom from complexity

David Martin - 10 July 2014 -

Last year the Tax Simplifier series of blogs described the UK tax system in less than glowing terms. The last in the series said that reform should mean refocusing on the commercial and economic effects of what people do, and levying tax accordingly.The publicity given this week to the more ...

Pay restraint now, performance pay next

Adam Memon - 09 July 2014 - Economy

Tomorrow, teachers and many others will strike in protest at the 1% cap on public sector pay rises. The strike will cause inconvenience for thousands of parents but ultimately the Government will hold the line on the pay growth cap. Given the fiscal situation, it is an unavoidable reality that ...

Tech, not taxes, will save us

Lewis Brown - 08 July 2014 - Environment

This year we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is also 100 years since the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution and quite probably the man who saved a billion lives.There are many who argue persuasively that our environmental problems ...

Austerity and the Productivity Puzzle

Lewis Brown - 07 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in the University of Warwick's Lacuna magazine as a contribution to a series on 'Austerity and Prosperity'.I have a problem with austerity. My problem lies not with the modest programme of spending restraint being carried out by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the United Kingdom ...

What can Cicero teach today’s politicians?

Benjamin Judge - 04 July 2014 - Constitution & Democracy

Written in 64 B.C., Commentariolum Petitionis is a letter from Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother Marcus outlining how to win an election in his bid for Consulship. In 2015 A.D. both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party will face a challenging but potentially winnable election. What can the ...

#Liberty2014 - Freedom and Democracy

V. S. Naipaul - 03 July 2014 - Constitution & Democracy

Sir V.S. Naipaul, Britain's only living Nobel Prize-winner for Literature, opened the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty with a speech on freedom and democracy. Freedom and Democracy are words which are hard to avoid in any discussion of the principles of government. They are easy enough to understand, but hard to ...

A bigger economy is good for the environment

Adam Memon - 02 July 2014 - Environment

One of the most interesting data sets in the Environmental Accounts published today by the ONS is one showing the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions ie the level of emissions per unit of economic output.In 1997, for every one million pounds of economic output, the UK emitted 610 tonnes (or ...

Boost innovation to grow productivity

Adam Memon - 01 July 2014 - Economy

The latest ONS figures released today unfortunately show another fall in labour productivity as output per hour fell by 0.1% over Q1 2014. As we expected in a previous Growth Bulletin, the small but positive growth in productivity in Q4 2013 has therefore proven to be a false dawn. As ...

Collective DC pensions: Suspect and superfluous

Michael Johnson - 01 July 2014 - Economy

This article first appeared in CSFI’s Financial World magazine, 1 July 2014.  This year politicians have promoted pensions to top billing, with both the recent Budget and the subsequent Queen’s Speech containing pensions-related initiatives. But the response to them could hardly have been more different. The Budget’s liberalisation concerning ...

Falling dependency but still too high

Tim Knox - 30 June 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.The latest ONS data release on the effects of taxes and benefits on household ...

Labour's alarming corporation tax pledge

Adam Memon - 30 June 2014 - Economy

In April next year, the corporation tax rate is due to fall to 20% and if Labour wins the next election, the party has promised to increase it to 21%. It is a harmful policy at odds with the academic literature, most businesses and Labour’s own business policy review.However, today Ed ...

Thatcher's central idea was liberty

Benjamin Judge - 24 June 2014 - Politics

Last Wednesday, the great nucleus of the City of London, the Guildhall, saw over 700 people attend the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty, marking the 40th year since the Centre for Policy Studies was founded by Lady Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph. The day’s focus was ‘liberty’, a word seemingly ...

Capitalism for the people

Vuk Vukovic - 23 June 2014 - Economy

I had the privilege of attending the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty (#Liberty2014) organised by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) this week. It was an international conference held in London's historical Guildhall to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the CPS by Sir Keith Joseph and Lady Thatcher. It featured a series of ...

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