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The Sun told a porky pie, and here’s why it doesn’t matter

One of the points Owen Jones makes in The Establishment is that our country’s media is scandalously bent in favour of the free-market ideologues that monopolise newspaper ownership:

“Whereas just 36 per cent of voters opted for the Tories at the 2010 general election, 71 per cent of newspapers by circulation backed David Cameron’s party.”

Jones’s argument is that this lack of democratic accountability allows Rupert Murdoch and co.

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Ayn Rand Lecture 2015

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We are delighted to announce that the Adam Smith Institute’s 2015 Ayn Rand Lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 17th, and delivered by Ken Moelis, Chairman and CEO of Moelis & Company.

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Power Up

As the new government considers its energy policy agenda, and in light of the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) review of electricity market competition, now is a good time to consider the effects of OFGEM’s current regulatory framework on actual market outcomes for consumers.

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Free Market Welfare: The Case for a Negative Income Tax

Britain’s welfare system is overcomplicated, wasteful and counterproductive. In Free Market Welfare, Michael Story makes the case for merging most working-age benefits into a Negative Income Tax – a single, tapered payment that tops up the wages of the working poor and guarantees that work always pays.

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Utility Gains

This paper assesses the various utility sales of telecoms, gas, water and electricity companies during the 1980’s and 1990’s and looks at how government, shareholders and customers fared since the privatisation process.

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