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  • Is greed good?

    Is greed good?

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Much has been said already about Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture for us earlier this week. One of the main contentions seems to be Boris’s comments on the word “greed”. You wouldn’t think it from the media coverage it received, but this actually came in a section in which he ...
  • Zero hour contracts: another area where the busybodies have got it wrong

    Zero hour contracts: another area where the busybodies have got it wrong

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    I’ve been working in Westminster for close to three years now, and it feels like the longer I’ve been here, the more libertarian I become. Not necessarily because my views about the role of government have changed, but because more and more issues are being drawn into the realm of ...
  • Who will save us from the well-intentioned do-gooders?

    Who will save us from the well-intentioned do-gooders?

    Lewis Brown | | Social Policy
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who ...
  • Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

    Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    Leading American economist Greg Mankiw has linked to a chart from a recent Congressional Budget Office report which shows the difference between what people receive from the state and what they pay in taxes. This analysis can also be undertaken for the UK, using the Effects of Taxes and Benefits ...
  • The interesting UK labour market story

    The interesting UK labour market story

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Health warning: the stats used in this blog are all taken from the ONS’s monthly Labour Market Statistics November 2013 release and are the figures for 16-64 year olds. The release also presents figures for all over 16, which would include the increasingly significant number of people who work into ...
  • My open borders debate with Ben Southwood from the ASI

    My open borders debate with Ben Southwood from the ASI

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Ben has published his post-mortem from our debate yesterday on “open borders” at the Bristol Freedom Society. I thought it might be worth delineating what my argument actually was, so it’s clear to anyone reading Ben’s post:I started by explaining that I’m not anti-immigration – in fact, I’m fairly liberal ...
  • Down with the 'living wage'

    Down with the 'living wage'

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This article is taken from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.LIVING WAGE WEEK – A FLAWED IDEAThis week has been the annual “Living Wage” week, when campaigners attempt to draw focus to ...
  • Early Childhood Development proponents want the state to become carer as well as provider

    Early Childhood Development proponents want the state to become carer as well as provider

    Laura Perrins | | Social Policy
    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. Yesterday I attended an ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for conception to age two’ with Andrea Leadsom MP, Frank Field MP, and the Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP ...