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Would new taxes on alcohol and pop make you drink less?

29 January 2013

Dr Eamonn Butler is a guest on BBC Radio Wales discussing the negative impact of minimum alcohol pricing and a 20p per litre sugary drinks tax. 

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Eamonn on BBC Breakfast TV on a fizzy drinks tax

29 January 2013

Dr Eamonn Butler argues on BBC Breakfast TV that a 20p tax per litre on fizzy drinks would  be a terrible idea. Government should not micromanage our lives and people do not want more taxes introduced. The tax would just lead to more bureaucracy and hit poor families hardest.

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Does business have a responsibility beyond making a profit?

28 January 2013

Sam Bowman goes on BBC World Service's 'In the Balance' and discuss corporate social responsibility and whether businesses should feel obliged to give back to society. He argues that a business's first priority should be its shareholders and CSR may come at the cost of business profit and the returns to shareholders. He also discusses tax avoidance and other topical issues on this 30min programme.

You can listen to the full discussion here

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Get the government out of the marriage business

22 January 2013

Sam Bowman writes on PoliticsHome that in the debate over gay marriage, both sides have missed the point. The government should privatise marriage, making the whole gay marriage debate redundant. 

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The cost of minimum alcohol pricing

18 December 2012

Sam Bowman talks on BBC Radio Humberside on why minimum alcohol pricing is a bad idea and will not help problem drinkers. 

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The working poor

13 December 2012

Sam Bowman appears on BBC Look North talking about the rising cost of living and the working poor.

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The alternative autumn statement

5 December 2012

Sam Bowman writes on Channel 4 News on what he would include in the Autumn Statement if he was Chancellor. 

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What should be in the chancellor's Autumn Statement?

3 December 2012

Dr Eamonn Butler writes on the BBC News website, suggesting the necessary policies Osborne should include in his Autumn Statement if he wants to see more economic growth in the UK. 

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Chris on Sky News discussing minimum alcohol pricing

29 November 2012

ASI fellow Christopher Snowdon argues on Sky News' Boulton & Co show that the government are wrong to introduce a minimum alcohol pricing and that this policy will not tackle problem drinking and alcohol related harm.

Chris also appeared on BBC Breakfast TV,  BBC News 24 and Channel 5 News discussing minimum alcohol pricing as well as talking on Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Solent. Meanwhile Eamonn discussed minimum unit pricing on BBC Radio Wales, Sam appeared on BBC Radio London and Pete talked on BBC 3 Counties.

How big a problem is underemployment?

28 November 2012

Dr Eamonn Butler argues on BBC News website that the government should do away with restrictions such as the minimum wage and onerous employment regulations to encourage businesses to take on full time workers. Freeing up businesses from some employment regulations will help tackle underemployment.

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