Government and Institutions
The government’s Chequers statement released last week will form the basis of a long-awaited White Paper setting out the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. Though the details are yet to be fully fleshed out, there is a real danger that these initial proposals, if implemented, would run the risk of binding the UK ... Continue reading
Regulation
“Name one EU regulation or law you would change?” This question is often posed to Brexiteers, usually by those who believe Eurosceptics lack detailed arguments or, worse still, didn’t know precisely what they were voting for. Though this may be true in some cases, EU-friendly commentators are also, at times, guilty of a myopia of ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
On this day in 1776, the thirteen colonies of America, then at war with Britain, declared themselves to be states of a new nation. For almost as long, Americans all over the world have celebrated Independence Day, with barbecues, beer and – of course – fireworks. Nearly 250 years on from that climactic moment, there ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Mariana Mazzucato is a professor of economics at University College London. She came to prominence following the publication of her 2013 book, The Entrepreneurial State, in which she argued for a bigger economic role for the state, claiming that politicians and bureaucrats are more innovative than people risking their own money. According to the Financial ... Continue reading
Last week came further warning signs about the strains and challenges in the broken childcare sector. A survey for the Professional Association for Childcare and Early years (PACEY) warned that nursery closures were up almost 50 per cent last year, and that providers were struggling to retain good staff because of funding pressures. In the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
It is claimed that one in ten ‘menstruating people’ aged 14-21 are in ‘period poverty’ - unable to afford the average £156 a year spend on sanitary products, and so the British Medical Association is lobbying the government to provide them for ‘free’. This follows a Scottish government trial of giving out sanitary products at ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
…continued from Part 1   On 21-24 June, the Alliance for Workers' Liberty organised the conference ‘Socialism Makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018’ in London. One of the speakers was the IEA’s Dr Kristian Niemietz. The article below is based on his remarks.   So much for the economics. Now let’s move on to the ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
On 21-24 June, the Alliance for Workers' Liberty organised the conference ‘Socialism Makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018’ in London. One of the speakers was the IEA’s Dr Kristian Niemietz. The article below is based on his remarks.   The key question over which we differ is whether there could be a version of socialism ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
...continued from Part 1   What’s Behind NIMBYism? A lot of it is, as I’ve suggested, a natural resistance to change combined with political power. What does that mean, exactly? First, there is the fear that a greater supply of housing will result in lower prices for existing homes. Economics tells us that, other things ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
You hear that a private developer plans to build a new apartment building across the street. What does that mean to you? Here are some typical responses: “More traffic and less street parking!” “Crowded classrooms!” “My home will lose value!” “The character of the neighbourhood will change!” Or the ever-popular-but-seldom-spoken, “The wrong kind of people will ... Continue reading