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Why recycling can be utter garbage

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 24 May 2005

Dr Eamonn Butler investigates whether recycling certain materials is actually worth the effort. If one looks in closer detail of how these materials are actually created, they may be just as, if not more harmful, to the environment than the materials we have substituted.

Tax is five months' hard labour

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 24 May 2005

Dr Eamonn Butler explains the concept of Tax Freedom Day and explains why it is getting later and later. He looks at where this money goes and why some of it is in useless hands.

Flat Tax for the UK

Type: ReportsWritten by Richard Teather | Friday 20 May 2005

This report, A Flat Tax for the UK – A Practical Reality, calls for income tax to be simplified into a flat rate tax of 22%. Under the proposal, there would be a tax-free personal allowance of £12,000.

As the report says, the concept of a flat tax, a simple tax system that charges a single rate of tax on all income, is growing in popularity. It contrasts clearly with the current systems operated in most countries, with different tax rates depending on the level and type of income or on the personal circumstances of the individual taxpayer.

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Chancellor for a day

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Wednesday 27 April 2005

What would Britain be like if Dr Eamonn Butler was Chancellor? In this piece, we are given a taste of what would be in store if this did happen. Rather than a full time job, he has limited himself to one day as Chancellor and explains how he would go about changing Britain for the better.

Liberate Europe from regulatory excess

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Keith Boyfield | Monday 14 March 2005

There has been a wide range of support for a cut in regulation in the EU. It has a major impact on British citizens and Business. The question is how would we go about this deregulation? Keith Boyfield gives a step-by-step solution to this problem and argues that it will be a great thing for all involved with the EU.

Why the case for a flat-tax is irresistible

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Thursday 17 February 2005

Flat Tax is spreading because it works. Regardless of any theoretical
objection, it achieves the desired results. With the addition this year
of Romania and Georgia, there are now 11 countries using the system,
with many more studying the idea very closely.

So what is it? In place of the various tax bands, exemptions and
allowances that feature in a progressive tax regime, flat tax replaces
them with a single rate. Typically, it excludes low earners from paying
any income tax at all and sweeps away the tax allowances that made the
graduated system so complex.

A Tartan (Flat) Tax?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 07 December 2004

Is it time to move towards Flat Tax? According to Eamonn Butler it is a good time for Scotland to go for it. Though they would need permission from Gordon Brown, it would be a great step for Scotland. He looks at how various countries have proven that having a Flat tax works.

The mother of all privatizations

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Sunday 28 November 2004

Dr Eamonn Butler takes a look back in time to when Margaret Thatcher started a revolution of Privatization. He looks, through history at some of the major movements of companies from public to private ownership. Whilst assessing their impacts, he points out that privatization has been a positive addition to European policy.

Queen's speech

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Wednesday 24 November 2004

Dr Eamonn Butler takes a closer look at the Queen's speech. He believes that apart from the obvious subjects of crime and terrorism, the speech seemed to be more about reforming the the boring reforms from seven yeas ago.

Grounds for Complaint?

Type: ReportsWritten by Brink Lindsey | Monday 22 November 2004

The fall in coffee prices has been caused by a 15% oversupply in coffee production. It is a market response to excessive production, rather than evidence of corporate wickedness. More efficient techniques and improved technology may cause prices to fall further. Those who advocate prop-up pricing schemes such as 'fair trade' may have the best of intentions, but they will probably encourage the less efficient producers to keep at it, maintaining the over-supply. What farmers should do is to diversify into other products. Instead of a token gesture such as paying a few pence extra for a cup of coffee, we should be opening our markets to their goods, and cease selling subsidized crops in competition with theirs on world markets.

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