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  • Where the Syria Vote and Obama’s EU Advocacy Meet

    Where the Syria Vote and Obama’s EU Advocacy Meet

    Ted Bromund | | Foreign Policy
    In the midst of the furor over Syria, the significance of a recent interview by the new U.S. ambassador to Britain has gone largely unremarked, except by my colleague Nile Gardiner. As he notes, Ambassador Matthew Barzun – picked for London because he was President Obama’s chief fund-raiser – has ...
  • George Osborne’s speech: the economics and the politics

    George Osborne’s speech: the economics and the politics

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    George Osborne’s big economic speech today has understandably drawn a lot of attention from economic and political commentators alike. That’s because the speech was an attempt to reframe both the economic and political debates. The reaction suggests he’s touched a nerve of those who most heavily argued against his deficit ...
  • Tax Simplifier 24: Tax incentive - A case study

    Tax Simplifier 24: Tax incentive - A case study

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    An earlier blog looked at criteria which might justify giving a tax incentive.Let us examine, for example, the proposal to offer workers shares which will exempt them from capital gains tax in exchange for giving up certain employment rights, such as the right to claim compensation for unfair dismissal.Arguably the ...
  • Where are all the feminists now?

    Where are all the feminists now?

    Kathy Gyngell | | Social Policy
    On ‘gender selection abortion’ feminists cannot have their cake and eat it.  To retain any vestige of credibility or morality they have to condemn it outright and now, writes Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell. After a summer of anti-misogynist tirades, outrage over the wage gap and evermore demands for gender parity - ...
  • The Crown Prosecution Service should stick to the law and not choose which ones to enforce

    The Crown Prosecution Service should stick to the law and not choose which ones to enforce

    Laura Perrins | | Politics
    Laura Perrins is a former barrister and part-time Teaching Fellow in criminal law at University College London. You can follow her on Twitter @LPerrins. The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute ‘doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions based on the sex of the unborn baby’ (as reported in ...
  • Sir John Armitt and the problem of government infrastructure planning

    Sir John Armitt and the problem of government infrastructure planning

    George Bathurst | | Politics
    George Bathurst is a Conservative councillor for Windsor, Lead Member for Policy & Performance at RBWM and one of the organisers of the 2nd Conservative Renewal Conference. Tickets are on sale at www.conservativerenewal.org. George is on Twitter, as is the Conference itself.Sir John Armitt has today published an ‘independent’ review of the ...
  • Tax Simplifier 23: CGT reform - principles and proposals

    Tax Simplifier 23: CGT reform - principles and proposals

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    In the fourth and final part of his special edition of the Tax Simplifier blog looking at Capital Gains Tax, David Martin suggests the principles and proposals that should underpin reform. Read the previous entry on the reasons for a lower rate of CGT. Only a proportion of the gains on capital assets should be ...
  • The genius of Ronald Coase

    The genius of Ronald Coase

    Rupert Darwall | | History
    Ronald Coase, who died on 2nd September aged 102, was Britain’s greatest economist since John Maynard Keynes. In many ways, they, or rather their economics, were complete opposites.  Whereas Keynes formed a new theoretical framework out of the abstractions of macro-economics, Coase’s field of vision was on the visible and the ...
  • Tax Simplifier 22: Reasons for a lower rate of CGT

    Tax Simplifier 22: Reasons for a lower rate of CGT

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    In the third of a four-part special edition of the Tax Simplifier blog looking at Capital Gains Tax, David Martin makes the case for a lower rate. Read the previous entry on the problems with taxing capital gains.If a lower rate of tax is made available for capital gains it is important that people ...