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The Coalition's taxes and the need for supply-side reform

Lewis Brown - 31 January 2013 - Economy

Earlier this week, our friends at the Taxpayers’ Alliance revealed that the Coalition has been responsible for a net 180 tax rises since it came to power.This breaks down to:299 separate tax rises already implemented or planned before May 2015.

  • Of this, 254 separate tax rises have already been implemented since ...

National security is paramount but ‘secret courts’ are an illiberal attack on British justice

Lewis Brown - 29 January 2013 - Constitution & Democracy

Writing for the LibDemVoice website, Lewis Brown examines why the LibDems should welcome Andrew Tyrie and Anthony Peto's report 'Neither Just nor Secure'. In September 2012, the Liberal Democrat Conference voted overwhelmingly against the most contentious aspect of the government’s Justice and Security Bill - the extension of ‘secret courts’, otherwise ...

Professor James Buchanan and a 'fiscal constitution'

Professor Deepak Lal - 24 January 2013 - Economy

Two weeks ago yet another great economist, Nobel laureate and friend, James M Buchanan, was gathered by the Grim Reaper. I got to know him in the mid-1980s when I was the Research Administrator at the World Bank, and he and his long-time collaborator Gordon Tullock got in touch after ...

Some thoughts on the speech...Sir Mervyn King's speech

Ryan Bourne - 23 January 2013 - Economy

Everyone’s talking about the speech. David Cameron’s speech, that is. But last night the Governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King also made one in Northern Ireland – his final regional speech as Governor of the Bank.  And it was an interesting, if confusing, speech which really did ...

Britain’s public net debt has doubled since the fall of Lehman Brothers

Ryan Bourne - 22 January 2013 - Economy

The ONS did not deliver the Chancellor a Happy New Year this morning, as the headlines from today’s public finance figures show how difficult the Government is finding it to get borrowing under control. Public sector net borrowing was £15.4 billion in December 2012, higher than December 2011’s £14.8 billion. ...

Better Off Out?

Ryan Bourne - 18 January 2013 - Europe

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne 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 great majority of the Conservative party is clear that Britain's relationship with ...

Another view from Washington DC: the State Department and EU are natural allies

Ted Bromund - 17 January 2013 - Europe

I hate to disagree with Dan Hannan about the European Union, but this time, he's 100% wrong.In his energetic response to Philip Gordon's ill-conceived request that Britain forget about recovering its sovereignty and protecting its democracy, Hannan argues that the State Department wants Britain in the EU because the U.S. ...

Shale gas and Pax Americana

Professor Deepak Lal - 14 January 2013 - Economy

The geostrategic implications of the shale gas revolution invalidate predictions of the death of American-style capitalism, says Deepak Lal writing in The Business Standard.Within five years of the United States being written off as a declining economic and imperial power, the shale gas revolution it has pioneered provides it with ...

The Return of the Guilty Men?

Ryan Bourne - 13 January 2013 - Europe

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In late 2011 the Centre for Policy Studies published Peter Oborne’s ‘Guilty Men’, which sought to catalogue many of the arguments and scare -stories used by those who wanted Britain to join the euro in the 1990s. Over the past ...

Is it time to re-introduce the 10p income tax band?

Ryan Bourne - 11 January 2013 - Economy

“I repeated in the last Budget that we would introduce the 10p starting rate when it was prudent to do so. However, I have to tell the House that this 10p rate will not start in April 2000, like other income tax changes we are making today. It is prudent, ...

Paul Krugman for US Treasury Secretary?

Ryan Bourne - 10 January 2013 - Economy

Vuk Vukovic reminds us, over at the Adam Smith Institute website, of Paul Krugman's desired policy response following the 2001 recession in the States:The basic point is that the recession of 2001 wasn't a typical postwar slump, brought on when an inflation-fighting Fed raises interest rates and easily ended by ...

Thatcher’s lessons forgotten

Vuk Vukovic - 08 January 2013 - Economy

Vuk Vukovic, lecturer of Political Economy and Principles of Economics at the Department of Economics, Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), writes on Margaret Thatcher's role in the specialisation of the UK workforce and its benefits, and points out her successors failed to understand the lessons she provided. Many leftists in the ...

Missing: an appreciation of marginal tax rates. Reward: better growth prospects

Ryan Bourne - 07 January 2013 - Economy

Today marks the implementation of changes to child benefit payments, such that for the first time the benefit will lose its universality. The Government has used the persuasive argument that, given all benefit spending has to be raised from somewhere, it makes little sense for wealthier households to receive state ...

Freedom of speech and an end to prosecuting every idiot with a Twitter account

Lewis Brown - 02 January 2013 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

With the new year here, six authors connected with the CPS outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. In the final instalment, CPS social media manager Lewis Brown looks at why the most repugnant social media controversies are in many ways the ...

School vouchers for Special Needs pupils

Tom Burkard - 02 January 2013 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

With the new year here, six authors connected with the CPS outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, CPS education expert Tom Burkard writes on the Special Needs racket and how to best serve pupils. Previously, Professor Jeremy Jennings wrote on scaling back ...

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