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The Green Quadratic

Type: ReportsWritten by Various | Wednesday 23 November 1988

The Green Quadratic argues that the Green Belt policy has prevented the outward growth of city areas which might have ensured a steady supply of building land, even at the expense of losing green environment. The limit that the Green Belt has put upon land availability has pushed prices even higher. Those already there are fully aware of the value of their environment, and do not stand to gain if there is a substantial amount of additional building. They can be expected to oppose development, and do so.

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Track to the Future

Type: ReportsWritten by Kenneth Irvine | Wednesday 23 November 1988

This paper restates the case for privatization, evaluates the three proposals on the table and makes final proposals to form the basis of legislation. The book also updates material from the Right Lines whilst looking at the possible privatization of The London and Glasgow Underground systems, the Dockland Light Railway and the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Some wider aspects of a free market in transport are also addressed.

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Pining for Profits

Type: ReportsWritten by Douglas Mason | Wednesday 23 November 1988

A call for the Forestry Commission to be privatized as a single Scottish Company, as well as an assessment on what exactly the Commission's work entails.
"...throughout most of the past thirty years, doubts have been expressed about the economic justification for the Commission's continuing programme of afforestation, and, in more recent years, about the justification for its secondary objectives, particularly in the environmental field."

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The Health Alternatives

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler & Dr Madsen Pirie | Saturday 26 November 1988

This paper examines alternative methods for managing the National Health Service.

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Managing Better Health

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Michael Goldsmith & Dr Madsen Pirie | Saturday 26 November 1988

Suggestions for better mangement of the National Health Service.

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Duty to Repeal

Type: ReportsWritten by Nicholas Gibb | Friday 11 August 1989

“These modes of taxation, by stamp–duties and by duties upon registration, are of very modern invention. In the course of little more than a century, however, stamp–duties have, in Europe, become almost universal, and duties upon registration extremely common. There is no art which one government sooner learns of another, than that of draining money from the pockets of the people."

“All taxes upon the transference of property of every kind, so far as they diminish the capital value of that property, tend to diminish the funds destined for the maintenance of productive labour. They are all more or less unthrifty taxes that increase the revenue of the sovereign, which seldom maintains any but unproductive labourers; at the expense of the capital of the people, which maintains none but productive."

So wrote Adam Smith over 300 years ago. Still the problem persists today, and even though Nicholas Gibb wrote this report into Stamp Duty two decades ago it is still pertinent today. Quite simply it is a call for the abolition of Stamp Duty.

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A Decade of Revolution - The Thatcher Years

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie et al. | Thursday 23 November 1989

The first ten years of Thatcher's rule saw remarkable change in the UK. Having won three successive general elections, area after area of seemingly intractable problems had been tackled and replaced with successes. This report collects news items from throughout that decade of revolution, charting the achievements of the period.

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Streets Ahead

Type: ReportsWritten by Nick Elliot | Thursday 23 November 1989

This report by Nick Elliott shows how people in parts of the UK, the US and many other countries have given up on failing local services and take over the management of their own streets - leading to better services, calmer and safer traffic, and falling crime.

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Sunday, Sunday

Type: ReportsWritten by Terry Burke & J R Shackleton | Sunday 26 November 1989

Proposals to allow Sunday opening of shops in England and Wales are again on the political agenda. Despite the failure of the Thatcher government's previous attempt to deregulate Sunday trading, the arguments in favour of change are as strong as ever.
This publication is an evaluation of the arguments for and against Sunday trading, looking at examples of it in action across the world, and applying it to the current UK climate.

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Adam Smith's Legacy

Type: ReportsWritten by Nick Elliot et al. | Friday 23 November 1990

Prominent academics, journalists and politicians highlight the historical contribution of Adam Smith and the role of his ideas in the shaping of modern economic thinking. Includes contributions by Leo Rosten, Professors William Letwin and Edwin G West who speak to The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments specifically, Richard Vernier, Russell Lewis, writing about Adam Smith today, Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley, Professor Norman Barry with a piece about the ethics of capitalism, and Dr Jeremy Shearmur.

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