Dr Eamonn Butler

Eamonn Butler is director of the Adam Smith Institute. He is the author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Adam Smith, and co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls and books on intelligence testing. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and psychology, gaining a PhD from the University of St Andrews in 1978.

Oil price is a sign of global health for the environment

Written by | Monday 4 October 2004

Russia has signed up to the Kyoto agreement and oil now costs $50 and more a barrel. But counter-intuitively, the Russian decision is bad news for the world's long-term environment, health and economy - while the oil price is actually rather cheering.

Blame politicians, not managers, for productivity gap

Written by | Sunday 3 October 2004

Britain's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - a tax-funded research body - has produced another of its reports on productivity, arguing that productivity in Britain is 20% behind that of France and Germany.

That has provided a convenient peg for pundits to go on the radio and slag off British industry and management. Or to assert smugly that continental Europe's more progressive social policies are obviously good for business.

Making super-size dupes of us all

Written by | Monday 13 September 2004

But this movie is in the worst tradition of that other 'documentary'
producer of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, the (even
plumper) Michael Moore. These movies are all pieces of advocacy, rather
than an objective analysis of a key social issue. Certainly, they deal
with important issues - America's gun culture, events leading up to
9/11, and obesity. But they are all a clever, cynical and misleading
use of film by partisans of the anti-conservative, anti-business cause.

Butler on Museums

Written by | Saturday 11 September 2004

And this fact, that it is the politicians and not the public who pay
the bills, has divided our museums from the public they are supposed to
serve. They don't reflect our culture, but that of the elites in power
- elites who love big projects, and who find a few big budgets easier
to manage than a lot of small ones.

Time that Inheritance Tax died the death

Written by | Tuesday 31 August 2004

But there is mounting outrage, because more and more families are being hit by this tax. HBOS, the big mortgage lender, says that 2.4 million UK homes are now valued above the £263,000 IHT threshold. That's 2.4 million families potentially liable to death taxes - a million more than two years ago.

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