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This Autumn Statement should be the last of its kind

This Autumn Statement should be the last of its kind

Backbencher December 7, 2013 0

The budget process has become an archaic political ritual. It does not lead to better policy making – it creates instability and results in worse public policy. The Autumn Statement should be abolished and replaced by

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Shut Down The Shutdown!

Shut Down The Shutdown!

Backbencher October 11, 2013 0

Robert Tyler argues that, even despite the attractions of limited government, enough is now enough Crack open the champagne and rejoice! The US Government is in its second week of Shutdown, with no sign

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7 Reasons The Tories Are Smiling

7 Reasons The Tories Are Smiling

Lee Jenkins August 8, 2013 2

Things always look better with a bit of sunshine on them, but for Conservatives, there’s extra reason to have a bit of spring in their step this summer. Economy All governments are judged primarily

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The Commonwealth: British Diplomacy’s Open Goal

The Commonwealth: British Diplomacy’s Open Goal

Lee Jenkins July 15, 2013 5

The Commonwealth: The gift horse we sent to the knackers yard You’ll be forgiven for not knowing a great deal about the Commonwealth. You’ll have probably heard they have an Olympics style tournament now

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Long live our High Streets

Long live our High Streets

Backbencher June 6, 2013 0

Much is made of the online revolution, but the High Street is here to stay. Rejoice. Betting shops, payday lenders and pawn shops are now familiar High Street features alongside the express stores of

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The Numbers Game: The Relevence Of GDP Figures

The Numbers Game: The Relevence Of GDP Figures

Backbencher May 10, 2013 0

Paul Parkinson asks: how relevant are GDP figures to ordinary people? Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures appear to be the holy grail for politicians, economists and commentators alike.   So much so, that one wonders

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Wealthy Countries Are Full of Unhappy People

Wealthy Countries Are Full of Unhappy People

Sam Woolfe May 1, 2013 0

  The extent to which a country is “developed” is usually expressed in terms of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The GDP of a country is the market value of all its goods and

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Democracy – Inevitable Or Not?

Backbencher March 15, 2013 0

In the second of a two-part series, Sami Steinbock discusses whether democratisation is inevitable, once a society reaches a certain level of development. One of the most popular axioms of political theory is that

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Reforming Economic Theory

Reforming Economic Theory

Backbencher February 14, 2013 1

Corporatism, Free Markets, Public Investments…Is it time to rethink the whole subject of economic theory? The story of Britain’s economic liberalisation was based on the assumption that a stronger role for the state is economically

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Open Your Mind and Open The Borders

Open Your Mind and Open The Borders

Olly Neville January 15, 2013 12

The debate on immigration has not been properly held in Britain, as a consequence there are so many misconceptions about lazy, job stealing, benefit taking immigrants that constructive debate is often near impossible. In

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