The Government's asset sales will provide a year of bounty but doesn't address the British state's excessive spending.
Published one year on from the part-nationalizations of Lloyds-HBOS and RBS, this report by John Redwood MP pins the blame for the financial crisis squarely on bad monetary policy from the Bank of England and misguided regulation and inadequate crisis management by the UK government . Redwood attacks the notion that the UK economy was well run in the period leading up to the crisis, and that its problems were imported from the US, making clear that while Britain's crisis may have had much in common with America's, it was in fact very much home grown. In addition to analyzing the financial crisis and its causes, Redwood also makes a series of recommendations for the future of the banking sector, as well the broader economic policies of the next government.
A judicial review of Britain's liberties would give the Conservatives a programme of reforms and help David Cameron establish his pro-liberty credentials, says Madsen Pirie.
Released to coincide with a seminar event at the Conservative Party Conference on 7 October 2009, this paper argues that while Governments and regulators invariably claim that regulations are introduced for the most laudable of reasons, regulations often have unforeseen and highly damaging consequences. This paper discusses some striking examples of this trend across a spectrum of business and social sectors, ranging from banking and finance to health and safety regulations.
Vince Cable’s proposed ‘mansion tax’ on high-value homes has come in for a lot of flack. But is it justified?
With plans from the Conservative Party to increase the amount of government information the public can access, Anton Howes considers the value of these moves for political reform.
ASI Fellow, Tim Worstall responds to Lord Layard's latest proposal on National Happiness.
Dr Madsen Pirie welcomes Ben Bradshaw's call to halt the endless and market-distorting expansion of the BBC.
Dr Madsen Pirie in reply to the Archbishop of Canterbury, sets out that Capitalism has lifted more people from poverty and hunger than any other force in history, including religion.