British Entrepreneurs Split On EU Exit – Director of TEN writes for Forbes

The Director of The Entrepreneur’s Network, Philip Salter, has started writing regular columns for Forbes. His first piece - British Entrepreneurs Split On EU Exit – looks at the battle between entrepreneurs who have varying praise and criticism for the European Union.

Following the lengthy and ultimately anticlimactic Scottish referendum, you could be forgiven for thinking that the British people are ready to bunker down and leave the redrawing of political boundaries for another decade. But nothing could be further from the truth. Although the Scots rebellion has been quelled (for now), attention has instantly returned to the question of Britain’s political relationship with our brothers and sisters across the English Channel. For many Brits, Europe remains a foreign country: they do things differently there.

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Ben Southwood’s comments on the ECB feature in The Telegraph

Head of Policy Ben Southwood’s comments on ECB policy were featured in The Telegraph:

Unless “accompanied by solid growth”, disinflation or deflation is a sign of weak demand in the euro area, said Ben Southwood, head of policy at think tank the Adam Smith Institute.

“This means that the disinflation and deflation across the bloc is down to a shortage of demand and money; passive tightening by the ECB, which seems hell-bent on a lost quarter century of eurozone growth”, he added.

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The ASI’s proposal to roll back the green belt is featured in The Observer

The Adam Smith Institute’s proposal to roll back the green belt was featured in The Observer and The Guardian:

As one campaigner tells me: “It is the only universally popular part of the planning system.”

Yet it is being questioned. The libertarian thinktank the Adam Smith Institute has argued that, if a strip merely half a mile wide were shaved off the London green belt, 800,000 new homes could be built.

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Sam Bowman’s comments in defence of Lord Freud feature in The Daily Express

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted by The Daily Express on his defence of Lord Freud’s remarks concerning work and disabilities.
Yet the minister was not saying that the disabled should receive less take-home pay or that they were in any way “worth less” as humans. As Sam Bowman of the Adam Smith Institute pointed out, he was not placing “moral value on people with severe disabilities or learning difficulties”, only stating that “the value of a person’s labour is equivalent to what others will pay them for a given amount of time”.
There are good economic arguments for top-ups for the disabled and Labour actually suggested something similar in 2003, as well as reasons against. Either way the minister should not only be permitted to think aloud but encouraged to do so.
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Patent trolls are a threat to competitive markets – and the UK may not be immune – Senior Fellow Keith Boyfield writes for CityAM

The Adam Smith Institute’s Senior Fellow, Keith Boyfield, wrote an op-ed for CityAM about the threat patent trolls pose to markets.

LONDON’s technology sector is booming. Driven by big venture capital investments (tech firms attracted a record $1bn in the first nine months of 2014), and encompassing everything from finance to fashion, it is one of our greatest recent success stories. But this nascent sector also faces a worrying potential threat. A fresh menace to the workings of efficient markets is rapidly gripping the global tech industry, and it threatens to stifle innovation, raise prices, and constrain choice for consumers across the globe. The threat has been dubbed “patent privateering” and its impact on effective competition is already alarming.

Patent privateering refers to the practice whereby corporations wanting to defend their market share enter into private agreements with patent assertion entities (PAEs), or patent trolls as they are more commonly dubbed. These PAEs are effectively special purpose vehicles with no manufacturing capabilities; they are created to enforce patent rights and sue people. The more, the better.

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