How lovely to see another statistical misrepresentation gallop by

Sadly, Joan Smith has previous on this sort of thing: So let’s go back to that report I mentioned earlier, and what it had to say about false allegations of rape and domestic violence. Starmer described them as “very rare” and went on to say something that might have been written with Gone Girl in […]

Why Miliband is wrong on energy policy

This article was originally published in the Young Fabian’s quarterly magazine, Anticipations (Volume 18, Issue 1 | Autumn 2014). On this we will agree: the corporate monopoly dominating the UK energy market needs to come to an end. Currently, British customers have a total of six firms to choose from in the energy market, all […]

Increasing access to private education will add billions to growth

The UK’s average annual growth rate between 1960 and 2007 would have been almost 1 percentage point higher had it matched the Netherlands’ long-term level of independent school enrolment since 1960. This in turn means that UK GDP per capita would have been over £5,800 higher in 2007 than it was. Better education boosts economic […]

Why get rich?

You might have seen this chart, which shows different professions’ household income during childhood vs their income now: A lot of people have focused on the fact that artists’ incomes ‘fall’ more than any other group. It reminded me of this quote from the American Founding Father John Adams: I must study politics and war […]

Equality: as cheap as 50p?

Peter Oborne argues that Ed Balls’ pledge to raise the 45p top tax rate back up to 50p is a good idea. While the extremely high marginal rates (top main rate 83%, plus a 15% surcharge for “unearned income”) of the 1960s and ’70s might have been driven by “socialist envy”, George Osborne’s dropping the […]