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Privatisation is no way to sustain Britain's runaway spending

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 12 October 2009

The Government's asset sales will provide a year of bounty but doesn't address the British state's excessive spending.

Credit Crunch: The anatomy of a crisis

Type: ReportsWritten by Rt Hon John Redwood MP | Friday 09 October 2009

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.

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How David Cameron can reverse Labour's unjustified attacks on civil liberties

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Wednesday 07 October 2009

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.

Cure or disease? The unintended consequences of regulation

Type: ReportsWritten by Keith Boyfield | Tuesday 06 October 2009

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.

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Yes, let’s tax home ownership

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Richard Teather | Monday 28 September 2009

Vince Cable’s proposed ‘mansion tax’ on high-value homes has come in for a lot of flack. But is it justified?

An information revolution

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Anton Howes | Tuesday 22 September 2009

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.

In pursuit of the greatest happiness

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Tim Worstall | Monday 21 September 2009

ASI Fellow, Tim Worstall responds to Lord Layard's latest proposal on National Happiness.

The BBC has never hesitated to use its tax-funded clout to take on private ventures

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Friday 18 September 2009

Dr Madsen Pirie welcomes Ben Bradshaw's call to halt the endless and market-distorting expansion of the BBC.

Archbishop of Canterbury's views on the City capitalism veer close to populist sloganeering

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Thursday 17 September 2009

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.

It's time for a U-turn on drugs

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 14 September 2009

Dr Madsen Pirie on rethinking government policies on drugs.

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