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Thatcherism, trade unionism and all that

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Charles Hanson | Wednesday 16 October 2013

Dr. Charles Hanson explains the importance of Thatcher's union-taming policies for analysing her influence and impact, which he believes have been underplayed or ignored in many conventional histories.


Cash in the Attic

Type: ReportsWritten by Nigel Hawkins | Thursday 10 October 2013

Nigel Hawkins identifies £40bn of assets that the state could sell off to cut taxes or pay down the debt, including government-owned real estate, parts of state-owned companies like National Rail, and utilities that the government should not be running in the first place.

The rights of others: Don't repeal the Human Rights Act. Give it teeth

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Preston Byrne | Tuesday 12 March 2013

The government's push to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 is ill-advised, says the ASI's legal writer Preston Byrne, who argues that the civil liberties protections offered to the British people by the Human Rights Act 1998 must be buttressed, not erased. If there is a problem with the Human Rights Act, it's not that it goes too far – it's that it doesn't go nearly far enough.


Britons say no to Nanny!

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 20 August 2012

A new Adam Smith Institute briefing paper based on a YouGov poll commissioned by the Institute reveals that large majorities of the British public reject many aspects of the nanny state and prefer to make their own decisions.

These Olympic Games are nothing to be proud of

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Lawsmith | Friday 27 July 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games have been a triumph of wastefulness, nannying government, corporatism, deceit and incompetence. Our writer Lawsmith asks, how could our political class have gotten it so wrong?


Parent-led Protection: Market-based Solutions to Child Protection

Type: ReportsWritten by Dominique Lazanski | Tuesday 03 July 2012

Politicians claim that a single government block is needed to safeguard children online. However, as Dominique Lazanski argues, this ignores the wide range of market-based solutions that already exist.


The case for single-issue activism

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Whig | Thursday 31 May 2012

In recent years, believers in a small state have largely failed to convert good intellectual arguments against interventionism into concrete political achievements. Whig argues for a change of gears by liberals, away from politics and towards a focus on single-issue group campaigning.


Democracy and the economy

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Madsen Pirie | Monday 17 October 2011

The old balance struck between rich and poor in a democracy has been circumvented, says Madsen Pirie. A third option, to borrow from the voters of tomorrow, has given politicians around the world a blank cheque to spend their way into oblivion.

Codification and Reform of the British Constitutional Arrangement

Type: ReportsWritten by Karthik Reddy | Thursday 11 November 2010

In this briefing paper, Karthik Reddy argues that the British constitutional arrangement has changed such that traditional checks and balances against governmental abuses of power have been lost, and says that a codified constitution is needed which clearly articulates the limits to parliamentary sovereignty. Reddy argues that the Prime Minister's presidential powers must be recognised and responded to by separating the executive from the legislature and making the office of Prime Minister directly electable by the British people, with parliament acting as an independent legislative balance against the executive.

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Ed Miliband's New Labour economics

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 26 October 2010

In this article Eamonn analyses Ed Miliband's speech to the CBI and argues that Ed's solutions to encouraging economic growth are very much along the same lines as Gordon Brown's. Eamonn proposes instead that in order to re-skill Britain we need politicians to let business people get on with the job of wealth-creation, whilst cutting the burden of regulation and taxation. 


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