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Sunday Herald: Children of the revolution

Everyone underestimated Thatcher's resolve to deregulate and break the power of the state. Like council house sales, privatisation had been the preserve of right-wing think tanks, such as the Adam Smith Institute. Most economists believed that a modern economy required significant state ownership to regulate the free market.

Published in the Sunday Herald here

Read more... Happy Easter! Hundreds of CCTV cameras are watching you this Good Friday

Eamonn Butler, a director of the Adam Smith Institute, has just completed what he calls an "alternative Easter egg hunt for CCTV cameras" on the ancient Procession route from Westminster Abbey to Westminster Cathedral... Mr Butler, author of the Rotten State of Britain, walked the Procession this week and counted 155 CCTV cameras. "If I had better eyesight and a pair of binoculars, I could probably have spotted more. But with binoculars looking at CCTV cameras, I'd probably have been arrested."

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Evening Standard: Boris rejects bid to build housing on Green Belt

The idea to ease the capital's housing shortage will be studied in a BBC documentary called England's Green and Pleasant Land which will be shown on Easter Monday. Proposed by the independent Adam Smith Institute, the idea is that woodlands are created alongside housing developments.

Published in The Evening Standard here

Read more... No wonder we fear and hate children

In his excellent new book, The Rotten State of Britain, Eamonn Butler points out that throughout history every generation has complained about the next. What is new is a welfare state that has absolved parents, especially fathers, of responsibility for their offspring, a system that encourages unsuitable people to have children and then discard them (people who the RSPCA would not allow to keep pets), and one in which the law does not back up adults who discipline children.

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Independent on Sunday: Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary

No one escapes suspicion, least of all respectable academics such as Dr Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute. In an embarrassing indictment of the surveillance culture he has just written a book about, Butler was last week detained by police for, er, walking along the street. Ironically the incident occurred while he was being interviewed about his book, The Rotten State of Britain. "We'd finished the inside shots, so we went outside to do some set-ups of me walking down the street," he tells me. "After about two minutes up screeched a red police car, and two armoured officers got out to ask our business. Pretty obvious, I'd have thought, since the cameraman had a huge camera on a tripod and the interviewer was carrying one of those microphones like a shaggy dog." Officers explained the offenders had been captured on at least four different security cameras, and they were merely following procedure.

Published in The Independent on Sunday here


BBC: Is the economy alive?

Intriguing blog from the free market Adam Smith institute, which compares the world economy to the natural environment and argues for an economic version of the Gaia theory. We'll see how that goes down with the French unions.

Published on the BBC here


Telegraph Letters: Tom Clougherty

Debt and the G20

SIR – I was disturbed, albeit not surprised, to read that the average Briton now has to work 83 days a year just to pay off the interest accumulating on their debts (, March 25).

Once you combine this with the time we spend working to pay our taxes – which the Adam Smith Institute estimates will be around 160 days in 2009 – it could be September before we get to spend any money on ourselves!

Tom Clougherty
Executive Director, Adam Smith Institute
London SW1

Published in The Telegraph here


BBC: G20 demonstrators march in London

The director of the the Adam Smith Institute, Dr Eamonn Butler, said governments have caused the economic crisis. "The world market economy is actually a very moral system that raised a billion people out of poverty in the last 10 years," he said

Published on the BBC here


CNBC: Tom Clougherty discusses Brown and the G20

Tom Clougherty discuss the forthcoming G20 summit – and its implications for Gordon Brown – on CNBC's Europe This Week. Published on CNBC here.


Yorkshire Post: Tories must face the taxing realities

The Yorkshire Post (March 25, 2009)

Dr Eamonn Butler

ANOTHER week, another Tory tax pickle.

Last week, David Cameron said that the top rate of income tax might have to go up to 45 per cent. His core supporters were not best pleased – add national insurance, and top earners would be seeing two-thirds of their incomes disappear in tax.

This week, Ken Clarke put his Hush Puppies in it, saying that the Conservatives might abandon their pledge to scrap inheritance tax for most people. That didn't go well with the core voters either. Nor with the millions of middle-class folk who see Gordon Brown grabbing 40 per cent of the family home when mum finally shuffles off.

Tax has troubled the Tories ever since David Cameron became leader. The focus groups told them firmly that the Great British Public simply doesn't believe that you can cut taxes and improve public services at the same time.




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